Peloton Instructor Jess Sims Expanding Role with ESPN, Will Cover Men’s College Basketball

Peloton instructor Jess Sims is expanding her role with ESPN, and will now serve as a Men’s College Basketball Saturday Prime Game Reporter. ESPN shared that this expanded role will start on January 13, 2024.

ESPN has expanded the role of reporter Jess Sims who will join men’s college basketball coverage as a sideline reporter for ESPN Saturday Primetime games for the 2023-24 season. The former collegiate basketball player and current fitness instructor phenom will tip off her new role in the new year on January 13 on ESPN.

ESPN announcement regarding expanding role of Jess Sims. Image credit ESPN.
ESPN announcement regarding expanding role of Jess Sims. Image credit ESPN.

To be clear, Jess will remain a Peloton instructor – this is simply an additional line of work she is adding to her portfolio, along with the other work she already does with ESPN as a College GameDay reporter. Jess is joining the Saturday Primetime team in the place of longtime ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, who is moving to women’s college basketball coverage.

ESPN senior vice president Meg Aronowitz provided the below quote about Jess’ expanding role:

“Jess has an incredible energy that connects with fans and viewers, and we’ve seen the impact she’s already had during her two years with ESPN. Her background and passion for basketball will be a welcome addition to our robust roster of commentators on our men’s college basketball coverage.”

Jess first joined ESPN’s College GameDay broadcasting team in 2022, and announced in August that she would be returning for the 2023-2024 season. Jess also serves as a contributor for Good Morning America, and as an in-arena host and sideline reporter for the New York Liberty WNBA team.

Jess expressed her excitement about joining ESPN’s Saturday Primetime team, explaining:

​​“It’s an absolute honor to be joining the incredibly talented Saturday Primetime team! Basketball was my first love and it continues to shape the person I am both on and off the court. I am beyond thrilled to be back on the court for the biggest games each week.”

During football season, Jess has still been bringing her Saturday 60 classes to members even though she hasn’t been in New York City on Saturdays. She has done this by pre-taping the classes on Mondays, with members in the studio. Those classes then premiere on Saturday during the regular Jess Sims Saturday 60 time slot. With this expanded role at ESPN, it appears this Saturday 60 class system will continue for the foreseeable future.

You can read the full details about Jess’ new role with ESPN via the press release. Thanks to Jeff Hysen for sharing this.

Congratulations to Jess!

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Katie Weicher
Katie Weicher is a writer for Pelo Buddy. She purchased her Peloton Bike in 2016 and has been riding, strength training, and yoga flowing ever since. You can find her on the leaderboard at #kweich.

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