Meet the Fans: ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett

The Life
Neil Everett has worked for ESPN since 2000. (ESPN Images)

Washington native and Oregon alumnus Neil Everett works as a SportsCenter anchor, but he is also a fan of horse racing. Get his take on sports, racing and more in the fun Q&A below.

What I do for a living: ESPN broadcaster

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: The horses are so beautiful … and the gambling.

If I wasn’t in my current job, I would be a: Bartender

Best advice to someone considering becoming a Thoroughbred owner: Horses eat a lot and go to the vet often.

Everett with the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown
Everett with the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown (ESPN Images)

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: In fairness to all those involved, rotate.

My top three favorite racetracks in order: Santa Anita, Del Mar, Churchill Downs (Honorable mention … the late Hollywood Park)

Most influential person in my career: Mark Verge 

My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Free beer with a paid admission 

Other sports/teams I follow: Anything Oregon, anything Hawaii, Gonzaga 

My favorite athletes of all time: Jerry West, Carlton Fisk, Jack Robertson 

What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography 

Favorite magazines: Sports Illustrated, Field and Stream

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback. 

Favorite movies: “Big Lebowski,” “Outlaw Josey Wales”

Favorite TV shows I watch: “Better Call Saul,” “This Is Us”

Favorite foods: Beef jerky, beer 

Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii 

Favorite musician/band: Neil Young

Favorite actor: Clint Eastwood

Websites I visit daily: Espn.com, Oregonlive.com 

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: Doug O’Neill, Steve Rothblum, Kenny Mayne 

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney

Everett on the SportsCenter set (ESPN Images)

Best racetrack food can be found at: Whichever one I’m at

Accomplishment I am most proud of: Marrying my wife

My philosophy on life: We take care of our own. 

Things I collect: Every ticket stub to every show/event I’ve attended

Favorite charities: Heroes’ Movement, Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, Miracles for Kids, Dirty Dog Squad 

Favorite authors: Ken Kesey

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog  

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: College football

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Majestic beauty showcased

Top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Nike, Levi’s, Pendleton

Favorite month of the year: June  

What apps are on your phone: Pandora, Delta, ESPN

Favorite summer cocktail: Cold beer

Favorite winter cocktail: Eggnog 

Favorite all-time racehorse: I’ll Have Another

Favorite race horse currently competing: Splashy Kisses

Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Give away free stuff

What do you drive for a car? Mustang 

What’s your favorite gym exercise? Spinning

Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Rams

Esports: Yay or nay? No

Favorite restaurant: The Mar Vista

Last TV series you binge-watched was: “Ozark”

College or pro football: College

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