Jon Wertheim

L. Jon Wertheim

Executive Editor and Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

L. Jon Wertheim, the executive editor and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. Several of his pieces have been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology as well as in The Best American Crime Writing.

Wertheim joined SI in 1996 and quickly became one of the magazine’s most authoritative voices on tennis, the NBA, sports business, law and social issues. As a chief investigative reporter for the franchise, Wertheim has explored a wide range of subjects, from high school hazing to performance-enhancing drugs and steroids in sports. His weekly Tennis Mailbag on is considered a must read among tennis aficionados. He is a frequent guest lecturer on sports business and media.

He is the author of seven highly praised books: Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Running the Table: The Legend of Kid Delicious, the Last Great American Pool Hustler (2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Transition Game: How Hoosiers Went Hip-Hop (2006, Riverhead Trade); Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women’s Tennis Tour (2001, HarperCollins); and Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel co-written with Jack McCallum (2006, Touchstone). His seventh book, Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won—co-written with University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz—uses economic principles to explain sports. It came out in January 2011 and was a New York Times best seller. He is currently working on a book with sportscaster Al Michaels.