John Feinstein

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John Feinstein
Born(1956-07-28) July 28, 1956 (age 57)
New York City
OccupationsSportswriter, columnist, author, broadcaster, sports commentator
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John Feinstein
Born(1956-07-28) July 28, 1956 (age 57)
New York City
OccupationsSportswriter, columnist, author, broadcaster, sports commentator

John Feinstein (born July 28, 1956) is an American sportswriter, author and sports commentator.

Early life[edit]

Feinstein was born in New York City, July 28, 1956.[citation needed] His father was heavily involved in the arts having been the General Manager of the Washington National Opera from 1980 to 1995 and was also the first Executive Director of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.[citation needed]


Feinstein received his bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1977.[1][citation needed]



In 1995, he authored a best seller, A Good Walk Spoiled, about a year on the PGA Tour as told through the stories of 17 players. His book A Season on the Brink chronicles a year in the life of the Indiana University basketball team and its coach, Bob Knight.

Feinstein has also written a sports-mystery series for young adults in which main characters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are reporting on major sporting events including the Final Four, US Open (tennis), Super Bowl, World Series, the Army-Navy Game, and the Summer Olympics. These are just a few. He currently has 24 books written.


A Season on the Brink was adapted to film with an ESPN production of the same title. It starred Brian Dennehy in the role of Bob Knight. During its original airing on ESPN on March 10, 2002, the film was presented uncensored for profanity, while a censored version was simulcast on ESPN2. It released to DVD later in 2002.

Feinstein's book Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story was released in 2004. It is about the life and final days of Tom Watson's caddy, Bruce Edwards, who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.) Feinstein and long-time friend Terry Hanson engaged the William Morris Agency and commissioned a screenplay in conjunction with Matt Damon's and Ben Affleck's production company, Live Planet. In 2010, Caddy for Life was produced in documentary format for the Golf Channel.[2]

Newspaper and other media work[edit]

Broadcast media:

On March 8, 2012, Feinstein joined SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio channel, teaming up with Bruce Murray for the sports talk show, Beyond the Brink, which aired between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET.[3] However, Feinstein soon left the show by the fall of 2012, as he was offered a slot of his own show on the brand new CBS Sports Radio between 9 AM to 12 noon ET. CBS Sports Radio began 24/7 all sports talk on January 2, 2013.[4]

He has also been a regular on-air commentator for a number of other television and radio shows, including:

Print media:

Online presence:


Last Shot Series



  1. ^ Feinstein on the Brink, Feinstein on the Brink: About Retrieved 2010-6-20
  2. ^ Feinstein on the Brink, Feinstein on the Brink: Positive feelings about Golf Channel documentary 'Caddy For Life'; book to movie process 2010-6-15
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  5. ^ a b "John Feinstein – Authors – Random House". Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Going 'One On One' With Sports' Greatest Stars", Fresh Air interview with Feinstein on NPR (transcript), December 1, 2011. Audio download. Retrieved 2011-12-01.

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