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Sportswriter, Screenwriter, Author & Inductee into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame

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Rick Reilly Biography

Rick Reilly is an acclaimed sportswriter, screenwriter, book author, keynote speaker and inductee into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He was presented into it by legendary quarterback John Elway. He was voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times over a career that began in 1979.

USA Today called Reilly “the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.” The Sherman Report called Reilly “easily the most read sportswriter of his generation.” The New York Daily News described him “as one of the funniest humans on the planet.” Publishers Weekly called him, “an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson.” Booklist called him, “Hands down, the funniest golf writer alive.”

His latest book — So Help Me Golf: Why We Love the Game — is a valentine to the game — 80 new funny and emotional stories about people who've love the game as much as he does. Some of it is a memoir centering on his fear of his alcoholic father — who played golf hard and drank harder — and the peace he made with both golf and his dad. Booklist called it, “funny, ironic and inspirational.” Wall Street Journal said it has, ”2.5 laughs per page."

Commander-in-Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is an uproarious indictment of President Donald Trump and the many ways he cheats at golf, bullies with it, and fails to pay those who build his courses. It has spent multiple weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

From 1985 until 2007, his breezy, hilarious and yet often emotional style graced the pages of Sports Illustrated. For the last 10 there, he wrote the popular “Life of Reilly” column, which ran on the last page. It was the first signed weekly opinion column in the magazine’s long history. He is “the Tiger Woods of sports columnists,” says Bloomberg News.

Reilly is the founder of the anti-malaria effort Nothing But Nets, which has raised over $70 million to hang mosquito nets over kids in Africa, where 2,000 children die every day of the disease. A partnership with the United Nations Foundation, every dollar goes to buying the nets. Wrote the Denver Post, “Nothing but Nets is one charity that scores big.”

Reilly won the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism, an honor previously won by Jimmy Breslin, Tim Russert, Bob Costas, Mike Royko, George Will, Ted Turner and Tom Brokaw, among others. Three times his columns have been read into the record in the U.S. Congress. An astronaut once took his signed trading card into space.

He is the author of 15 books. Before the Trump book, Reilly’s most recent effort was Tiger, Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said (Penguin) — is a collection of his best columns written at ESPN, complete with postscript updates of each column at the bottom.

Sports From Hell, My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition (Doubleday) was a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize. It’s the account of his three-year search for the dumbest sport in the world. Not to give anything away, but a good bet would be either Ferret Legging or the World Sauna Championships. It also includes embarrassing attempts by Reilly to try Nude Bicycle Racing, Zorbing, Chess Boxing, Extreme Ironing, the World Rock Paper Scissors Championships, and an unfortunate week on a women’s pro football team.

In Who’s Your Caddy? (Doubleday), Reilly caddies for everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Donald Trump to a $50,000-a-hole gambler. It rose to No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list.

For two years, he was the host of ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, a one-hour interview show which has featured Michael Phelps, Elway and Magic Johnson, among many others. It was a kind of cross between This is Your Life and Inside the Actor’s Studio, for sports. The show went deep inside the life of America’s greatest athletes. Filmed in front of a live audience, usually at the guest’s high school or college, it’s full of surprises, with home video, interviews with old teammates and coaches, family, friends and rivals. Jerry Rice, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Emmitt Smith, Billie Jean King, Donovan McNabb and Tony Hawk have been guests, to name a few. “That was the greatest night of my life,” soccer star Landon Donovan said of it. Magic Johnson called it, “The most fun interview I’ve ever done.”

He has written about everything from ice skater Katarina Witt behind the Iron Curtain to actor Jack Nicholson in the front row, from wrestling priests in Mexico City to mushers at the Iditarod, from playing golf with President Clinton to playing golf with O.J. Simpson and back again. He was once President Obama’s fantasy football partner for a week. He has five times had the disagreeable task of accompanying the models on the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. He was once featured in a Miller Lite ad with swimsuit cover girl Rebecca Romijn (Stamos). In July of 2010, he survived running with the bulls of Pamplona, Spain. Twice.

His previous collection of columns was called Hate Mail from Cheerleaders. It included 100 of his best SI columns. It became a New York Times bestseller in its first week.

His novel Shanks for Nothing (Doubleday) is a madcap golf romp that cracked the New York Times bestseller list. It’s the sequel to Reilly’s cult classic Missing Links (Doubleday), whose film rights were recently sold to Steve Carell, star of NBC’s The Office. Both books revolve around regulars at the worst public course in America – Ponkapoag Municipal Golf Links and Deli – and the insane bets, pranks and camaraderie that goes on there. The New York Times hailed Missing Links as “three laughs per page.”

His first collection of columns — The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly — was also a New York Times bestseller.

Slo-Mo: My Untrue Story, (Doubleday) is a farce on the NBA, which the Denver Post called, “a romp that could have been written only by someone who has seen the game from the inside.”

Reilly is the co-author of the movie Leatherheads, the comic romance centered on the 1924 Duluth Eskimos of the fledgling NFL, starring George Clooney, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski. It opened on April 4, 2008. MTV called it “a small, unassuming jewel.” And USA Today wrote: “Leatherheads is a real winner.” He currently has two movies in development.

Probably too curious for his own good, Reilly has flown upside down at 600 miles per hour in an F-14, faced fastballs from Nolan Ryan, jumped from 14,000 feet with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, driven a stock car 142 miles per hour, piloted the Goodyear blimp, competed against 107 women for a spot in the WNBA, worked three innings of play-by-play for the Colorado Rockies, bicycled with Lance Armstrong, driven a monster truck over six parked cars, worked as a rodeo bullfighter, and found out the hard way how many straight par 3s he’d have to play before he made a hole in one (694).

Reilly has won numerous awards in his 30-year writing career, including the prestigious New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Best Magazine Story. He is the co-author of “The Boz,” the best-selling autobiography of bad-boy Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; “Gretzky,” with hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings; “I’d Love to but I Have a Game” with NBC announcer Marv Albert, and the “The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley.”

He began his career in 1979 taking phoned-in high-school volleyball scores for his hometown Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera while a sophomore at the University of Colorado, from which he was graduated in 1981. He wrote for two years at the Camera, two more at the Denver Post and two more at the Los Angeles Times, before moving to Sports Illustrated in 1985.

Reilly speaks Italian, plays piano, paddle boards, practices magic and loves traveling the world. Reilly has three children. He lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and Sedona, AZ, with his wife Cynthia and a putter he’s not currently speaking to.

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  • Sports

  • Comedy

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Books
Shanks for Nothing: A Novel

Shanks for Nothing: A Novel

Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

Slo Mo!

Slo Mo!

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Rick Reilly

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Sportswriter, Screenwriter, Author & Inductee into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame

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Rick Reilly Biography

Rick Reilly is an acclaimed sportswriter, screenwriter, book author, keynote speaker and inductee into the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He was presented into it by legendary quarterback John Elway. He was voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times over a career that began in 1979.

USA Today called Reilly “the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.” The Sherman Report called Reilly “easily the most read sportswriter of his generation.” The New York Daily News described him “as one of the funniest humans on the planet.” Publishers Weekly called him, “an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson.” Booklist called him, “Hands down, the funniest golf writer alive.”

His latest book — So Help Me Golf: Why We Love the Game — is a valentine to the game — 80 new funny and emotional stories about people who've love the game as much as he does. Some of it is a memoir centering on his fear of his alcoholic father — who played golf hard and drank harder — and the peace he made with both golf and his dad. Booklist called it, “funny, ironic and inspirational.” Wall Street Journal said it has, ”2.5 laughs per page."

Commander-in-Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is an uproarious indictment of President Donald Trump and the many ways he cheats at golf, bullies with it, and fails to pay those who build his courses. It has spent multiple weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

From 1985 until 2007, his breezy, hilarious and yet often emotional style graced the pages of Sports Illustrated. For the last 10 there, he wrote the popular “Life of Reilly” column, which ran on the last page. It was the first signed weekly opinion column in the magazine’s long history. He is “the Tiger Woods of sports columnists,” says Bloomberg News.

Reilly is the founder of the anti-malaria effort Nothing But Nets, which has raised over $70 million to hang mosquito nets over kids in Africa, where 2,000 children die every day of the disease. A partnership with the United Nations Foundation, every dollar goes to buying the nets. Wrote the Denver Post, “Nothing but Nets is one charity that scores big.”

Reilly won the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism, an honor previously won by Jimmy Breslin, Tim Russert, Bob Costas, Mike Royko, George Will, Ted Turner and Tom Brokaw, among others. Three times his columns have been read into the record in the U.S. Congress. An astronaut once took his signed trading card into space.

He is the author of 15 books. Before the Trump book, Reilly’s most recent effort was Tiger, Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said (Penguin) — is a collection of his best columns written at ESPN, complete with postscript updates of each column at the bottom.

Sports From Hell, My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition (Doubleday) was a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize. It’s the account of his three-year search for the dumbest sport in the world. Not to give anything away, but a good bet would be either Ferret Legging or the World Sauna Championships. It also includes embarrassing attempts by Reilly to try Nude Bicycle Racing, Zorbing, Chess Boxing, Extreme Ironing, the World Rock Paper Scissors Championships, and an unfortunate week on a women’s pro football team.

In Who’s Your Caddy? (Doubleday), Reilly caddies for everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Donald Trump to a $50,000-a-hole gambler. It rose to No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list.

For two years, he was the host of ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, a one-hour interview show which has featured Michael Phelps, Elway and Magic Johnson, among many others. It was a kind of cross between This is Your Life and Inside the Actor’s Studio, for sports. The show went deep inside the life of America’s greatest athletes. Filmed in front of a live audience, usually at the guest’s high school or college, it’s full of surprises, with home video, interviews with old teammates and coaches, family, friends and rivals. Jerry Rice, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Emmitt Smith, Billie Jean King, Donovan McNabb and Tony Hawk have been guests, to name a few. “That was the greatest night of my life,” soccer star Landon Donovan said of it. Magic Johnson called it, “The most fun interview I’ve ever done.”

He has written about everything from ice skater Katarina Witt behind the Iron Curtain to actor Jack Nicholson in the front row, from wrestling priests in Mexico City to mushers at the Iditarod, from playing golf with President Clinton to playing golf with O.J. Simpson and back again. He was once President Obama’s fantasy football partner for a week. He has five times had the disagreeable task of accompanying the models on the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. He was once featured in a Miller Lite ad with swimsuit cover girl Rebecca Romijn (Stamos). In July of 2010, he survived running with the bulls of Pamplona, Spain. Twice.

His previous collection of columns was called Hate Mail from Cheerleaders. It included 100 of his best SI columns. It became a New York Times bestseller in its first week.

His novel Shanks for Nothing (Doubleday) is a madcap golf romp that cracked the New York Times bestseller list. It’s the sequel to Reilly’s cult classic Missing Links (Doubleday), whose film rights were recently sold to Steve Carell, star of NBC’s The Office. Both books revolve around regulars at the worst public course in America – Ponkapoag Municipal Golf Links and Deli – and the insane bets, pranks and camaraderie that goes on there. The New York Times hailed Missing Links as “three laughs per page.”

His first collection of columns — The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated’s Rick Reilly — was also a New York Times bestseller.

Slo-Mo: My Untrue Story, (Doubleday) is a farce on the NBA, which the Denver Post called, “a romp that could have been written only by someone who has seen the game from the inside.”

Reilly is the co-author of the movie Leatherheads, the comic romance centered on the 1924 Duluth Eskimos of the fledgling NFL, starring George Clooney, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski. It opened on April 4, 2008. MTV called it “a small, unassuming jewel.” And USA Today wrote: “Leatherheads is a real winner.” He currently has two movies in development.

Probably too curious for his own good, Reilly has flown upside down at 600 miles per hour in an F-14, faced fastballs from Nolan Ryan, jumped from 14,000 feet with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, driven a stock car 142 miles per hour, piloted the Goodyear blimp, competed against 107 women for a spot in the WNBA, worked three innings of play-by-play for the Colorado Rockies, bicycled with Lance Armstrong, driven a monster truck over six parked cars, worked as a rodeo bullfighter, and found out the hard way how many straight par 3s he’d have to play before he made a hole in one (694).

Reilly has won numerous awards in his 30-year writing career, including the prestigious New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Best Magazine Story. He is the co-author of “The Boz,” the best-selling autobiography of bad-boy Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; “Gretzky,” with hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings; “I’d Love to but I Have a Game” with NBC announcer Marv Albert, and the “The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley.”

He began his career in 1979 taking phoned-in high-school volleyball scores for his hometown Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera while a sophomore at the University of Colorado, from which he was graduated in 1981. He wrote for two years at the Camera, two more at the Denver Post and two more at the Los Angeles Times, before moving to Sports Illustrated in 1985.

Reilly speaks Italian, plays piano, paddle boards, practices magic and loves traveling the world. Reilly has three children. He lives in Hermosa Beach, CA and Sedona, AZ, with his wife Cynthia and a putter he’s not currently speaking to.

Rick Reilly Speaking Topics

  • Commentary

  • Sports

  • Comedy

Rick Reilly Videos

  • Rick Reilly Q&A with Stephen Curry TechCrunch Nothing But Nets ...
  • Rick Reilly - Sports Lite Interview - YouTube
  • An Evening with Rick Reilly - YouTube

Rick Reilly Books

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  • How do I book Rick Reilly to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Rick Reilly for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Rick Reilly, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Rick Reilly or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Rick Reilly

    Speaking fees for Rick Reilly, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rick Reilly are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rick Reilly, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rick Reilly speak about?

  • Where does Rick Reilly travel from?

    Rick Reilly generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rick Reilly’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rick Reilly for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rick Reilly for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rick Reilly or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Rick Reilly is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Commentary, Sports and Comedy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rick Reilly for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Rick Reilly generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Feherty, Roy Firestone, Bob Costas, Mike Greenberg and Jim Morris. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Reilly for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Rick Reilly Speaking Topics

  • Commentary

  • Sports

  • Comedy

Rick Reilly Speaker Videos

  • Rick Reilly Q&A with Stephen Curry TechCrunch Nothing But Nets ...
    Rick Reilly - Sports Lite Interview - YouTube
  • An Evening with Rick Reilly - YouTube

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