| Sarah Spain|
Sarah Colby Spain (born August 18, 1980) is an espnW.com columnist, ESPN Radio host and SportsCenter Reporter for ESPN.
Spain was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. Spain attended Cornell University, where she majored in English. Spain was on the Cornell Big Red track and field team. In 1998, as a senior in Lake Forest High School, Spain was the MVP and captain of her track and field, field hockey and basketball teams.
Before joining ESPN, Spain worked for Fox Sports Net, MouthpieceSports.com, ChicagoNow.com and was the recurring guest-host of WGN's radio show called ChicagoNow Radio. Spain also did some work as a sideline reporter for the Big Ten Network and hosted the Coors Light Fantasy Players Minute. Spain was one of the original co-hosts of the WGN-TV show "Chicago's Best," with Ted Brunson and Brittney Payton. She joined ESPN 1000 in Chicago in 2010 and signed on as a writer for espnW.com in October of the same year. On January 23, 2015, it was announced ESPN was launching a new radio show called Spain & Prim with Spain and anchor Prim Siripipat as the co-hosts. In January 2016 Spain, Jane McManus and Kate Fagan launched a new national ESPN Radio show, "The Trifecta," and Spain launched her own ESPN podcast, "That's What She Said." Spain has appeared on a variety of ESPN television shows, including "His & Hers" (formerly "Numbers Never Lie"), "Olbermann," "Mike & Mike," "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz," "First Take," "The Sports Reporters" and "Outside The Lines." On February 25, 2016, Spain made her first appearance on ESPN's Around the Horn. In September 2016, Spain inked a new multi-year deal with ESPN and launched the new national ESPN Radio show, "Izzy & Spain", with co-host Israel Gutierrez. In 2017, Sarah hosted Fantasy Football Island with Mike Golic Jr.
Spain gained some notoriety in 2007, when she put provocative pictures of herself on eBay offering to be someone's "date" to Super Bowl XLI, in which the Chicago Bears played the Indianapolis Colts. Having grown up in the Chicago area, Spain is a Bears fan. She was living in Los Angeles at the time and, expecting to go to the game with friends, she had purchased plane tickets to Miami. However, the friends decided they couldn't afford to go, leaving Spain without a game ticket, and so she tried the auction. She has described the auction as a stunt to get media attention, with the hope that some company would try to gain publicity by sponsoring her attendance at the Super Bowl. In fact, word of the auction reached Unilever, the makers of Axe Body Spray, who covered Spain's costs to attend the game and in turn began a media campaign to "see how many guys would do the same thing for a chance to see their team play." As Spain's career in sports media has advanced, she has been critical of media members and other people for continuing to bring it up in ways which she sees as misinterpreting her actions and principles.
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