Steele at the 10th Annual CoachArt Gala Fundraiser on October 16, 2014
Sage Marie Steele|
November 28, 1972
Panama Canal Zone
|Spouse(s)||Jonathan Bailey (m.1999)|
Sage Marie Steele (born November 28, 1972) is an American television anchor who hosts the Friday, Saturday & Sunday editions of NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC. For 5 years prior to the NBA assignment, Steele was a full-time co-host of SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship show, and has previously contributed to ESPN First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and SportsNation. Steele hosted SportsCenter's daytime coverage of the NBA Finals in 2012 and 2013.
Sage Steele was born in 1972, of African-American and Irish/Italian descent into an American Army family living in the Panama Canal Zone. The Army stationed Steele's family in several different states and countries, including Greece and Belgium, before moving back stateside to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1984 for her seventh grade year. After attending Thomas B. Doherty High School in Colorado Springs for two years, she moved to Carmel, Indiana, and attended Carmel High School as a senior, graduating in 1990.
She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communication. Exactly 20 years later, she was the commencement speaker at the 2015 Indiana University undergraduate commencement, which she considers the greatest honor of her career.
Steele then worked at CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1997 to 1998 as the weekend morning sports anchor and weekday reporter. Her reporting duties included the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 auto races, and local college and high school sports.
Steele worked at ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, Florida, from 1998 to 2001, where she was a sports reporter with former WFTS sports director and current SportsCenter host Jay Crawford and current "NFL RedZone" host Scott Hanson. She also worked at Fox Sports Florida as a reporter, continuing to cover teams throughout Central Florida such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Lightning and University of South Florida Bulls.
She then worked at Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Bethesda, Maryland, where she was an anchor and reporter for the network's nightly local sports news program, SportsNite, covering all sports in the Washington, DC/Baltimore region. Steele was one of Comcast SportsNet's original personalities, joining that network when it launched in 2001. During her six years at CSN Mid-Atlantic (2001–2007), she was a main anchor and also the beat reporter for the Baltimore Ravens.
Steele then joined ESPN and debuted on March 16, 2007, on the 6:00 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter. In an interview with Awful Announcing, she mentioned that she was actually offered a job with the network in 2004, but turned it down while pregnant with her second child.
On July 28, 2013, she drove the pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400. During the pace laps at the beginning of the race, she was bumped in jest by 6-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Beginning in the 2013–14 NBA season, Steele became the host of NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC.
Steele created controversy when cutting off Canadian and Arcade Fire front man Win Butler during his MVP speech at the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto as he urged American voters to think carefully during 2016's presidential election.
Steele is the daughter of Mona and Gary Steele, who was the first African-American to play varsity football at West Point during the mid-1960s. Steele was inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 for his standout career on the Black Knights football and track & field teams. Steele has two brothers, Courtney and Chad, who is the vice president of media relations for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. She is married to a former personal trainer, Jonathan Bailey. She and her husband have three children.
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- Maggs, Joe (October 27, 2015). "After a Lengthy Journey, ESPN NBA Countdown Has Finally Found Its Identity in Sage Steele". Awful Announcing.
- "ESPN Gives Up on No-Host Format; Steele to Anchor NBA Countdown"
- "ESPN reporter stops Arcade Fire frontman from dissing USA". New York Post. February 15, 2016.
- Chris Harrison Will Return to Host the Miss America Competition with First-Time Host Sage Steele of ESPN
- Nerves of Steele St. Petersburg Times, June 9, 2000
- People - Front Office Baltimore Ravens