Jalen & Jacoby
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About the Podcast
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby give the people what they want, breaking down sports and pop culture as only they can.
About the Host
Jalen Rose & David Jacoby
Jalen Rose joined ESPN in 2007 as regular contributor to the network’s NBA coverage. In 2012, Rose was named a studio analyst for NBA Countdown — ABC and ESPN’s pre-game show. He appears on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday editions of the program. Rose also provides NBA analysis for ESPN news and information programming, including SportsCenter and ESPN Radio. On September 28, 2015, ESPN Radio launched Jalen & Jacoby, a national weekday program (7 – 9 p.m.) co-hosted by Rose and ESPN senior producer/commentator David Jacoby. Jalen & Jacoby, which features Rose and Jacoby breaking down the latest news in sports and pop culture, began as a podcast of the same name and was promoted to a full show due to its popularity. Previously, Jose served as an analyst on men’s college basketball game coverage and on College GameDay – the eight-week Saturday college basketball studio program originating from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime telecast. He has also made frequent appearances on First Take and contributed to the network’s Olympics coverage and was a commentator on ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie (now known as His & Hers). While still playing in the NBA, Rose began working for Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Sports Show Period, including his own lifestyle-oriented Jammin’ With Jalen segment. Shortly after retiring in 2007, Rose joined ESPN and also created Three Tier Entertainment (TTE), a Los Angeles-based production and management company. TTE produces commercial projects with a worldwide mass appeal for film, television and the web, including The Fab Five, part of ESPN Films. Rose attended the University of Michigan where the Wolverines reached two NCAA Title games, in 1992 and 1993, finishing as national runners up. The point guard was a part of Wolverines coach Steve Fisher’s legendary 1991 recruiting class, dubbed the “Fab Five.” He led the group in scoring his freshman year, averaging 19 points per game, and set the school freshman scoring record with 597 total points. Michigan is the only team in Final Four history to ever start five freshman. In 2000, Rose established the Jalen Rose Foundation/Charitable Fund to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the development of unique programs and the distribution of grants to qualified non-profit organizations. More than $1.2 million in charitable donations personally donated by Rose have been distributed since the foundation’s inception. In 2011, Rose’s hometown of Detroit awarded him with a Spirit of Detroit Award in recognition of his exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life. Additionally, the Detroit News named him Michiganian of the Year in 2013. In 2011, he established the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA). The open enrollment public charter high school in Detroit gives students a leadership-focused education based upon real-world, project-based experiences within the career context of sports and entertainment. Rose also serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Rose began his collegiate career at Michigan as a mass communications major, and ultimately earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland University College. He currently has a scholarship endowment in his name at Michigan.
David Jacoby is a commentator and senior producer who first joined ESPN in 1999. He is the co-host of Jalen & Jacoby, and has also served as a guest host on other ESPN programs, including SportsNation. On September 28, 2015, ESPN Radio launched Jalen & Jacoby, a national weekday program (7 – 9 p.m.) co-hosted by NBA Countdown analyst, Jalen Rose. Jalen & Jacoby, which features Rose and Jacoby breaking down the latest news in sports and pop culture, began as a podcast of the same name and was promoted to a full show due to its popularity. Previously, Jacoby was an executive producer at ESPN’s Grantland where he created and produced all of Grantland’s audio and video content, including primetime television show, Grantland Basketball Hour and executive produced Grantland’s Emmy-nominated film unit, Grantland Features. Jacoby’s work at Grantland garnered him three Emmy nominations, one National Magazine Award nomination, multiple Webby nominations, and two EPPY Award victories. He also conceived and produced the feature-length documentary Son of the Congo, a SXSW official selection. While at Grantland, Jacoby blossomed into a popular writer and podcaster in his own right. Hosting three podcasts, Jalen and Jacoby (400,000 per episode), The Right Reasons (100,000 per episode) and Food News (100,000 per episode), he has become one of the most prominent podcasters on the planet. Before joining Grantland, Jacoby was a development executive at ESPN. In 2004, he developed, piloted, and produced his first TV show, the sneaker-focused lifestyle show, It’s The Shoes. He went on to develop, pilot, cast, and produce the hit ESPN studio show, SportsNation, while also developing a variety of other shows that are still on the air. Jacoby graduated with honors with degrees in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2000.