ESPN Signs Mark Kriegel, He Will Work Saturday Night Top Rank Show



ESPN Signs Mark Kriegel, He Will Work Saturday Night Top Rank Show




ESPN today announced it has signed renowned sports broadcaster, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author Mark Kriegel to a new multi-year deal. Kriegel, a widely respected, seasoned sports media talent, will make his ESPN television debut this Saturday November 11 on Top Rank on ESPN alongside Teddy Atlas, when Artur Beterbiev and Enrico Koelling battle for the vacant International Boxing Federation light heavyweight title.

In addition to his on-air boxing analyst duties, Kriegel will do long-form story-telling, and video and print essays, on a wide array of subjects, including boxing and the NBA.  His contributions will appear on a variety of ESPN platforms including, ESPN The Magazine and numerous television networks as a commentator.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark to the ESPN boxing team,” said Mark Gross, senior vice president, production and remote events.  “Given his illustrious background in the boxing world, fans will be able to experience his fantastic storytelling via original features and commentary during live fights.”

“It is a real joy to welcome Mark Kriegel to ESPN,” said Rob King, senior vice president, original content, news and digital media.  “He is a spectacular talent who tells unforgettable tales with heart and intellect, and his award-winning writing will be a most welcome addition to our all-star team of storytellers.”

Kriegel is an Emmy Award winning television broadcaster and journalist. As a general assignment reporter at the Daily News, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers, Pistol: The Life of Pet MaravichNamath: A Biography and The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom” Mancini.  He is also the author of a novel, Bless Me, Father, which the Los Angeles Times called “mesmerizing.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.