Why JW and not Jim, which is what people in the sports business know him by? It seems the sports world is overloaded with Jim Millers. During a 21-year NFL career, he was often asked if he was the former punter for Ole Miss and the 49ers.When he worked for the Chicago Bears (1999-2002), he was the other Jim Miller to the starting QB of the same name. As a college administrator, he sometimes was confused with the current athletic director at the University of Richmond and even was once asked if he was the son of the former head football coach at Boston College. Even the writing profession includes a Jim Miller who is writing the definitive book on ESPN. Keep looking and you’ll find an Australian rules football player, an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, a former major league baseball player and probably others.
So here is all you ever wanted to know about J.W. (Jim) Miller, author and creator of JWMillerSports.com:
Jim Miller has spent four decades in the sports world as both a journalist and executive. He began his career in 1970 as a reporter at the Louisville Courier-Journal and then as a reporter and editor at the Baltimore Evening Sun. In 1981, Miller was hired by the National Football League as chief information officer in its labor relations office, the NFL Management Council, where he was the owners' spokesperson during the 1982 player's strike.
NFL Hall of Famer Jim Finks brought Miller to New Orleans in 1986 as the Saints’ Vice President of Administration where his primary duty was the negotiation of player contracts. After Finks’ death in 1994, Miller served as Executive Vice-President of the Saints until 1996. He moved to the Buffalo Bills in 1997 as Vice President of Administration and then to the Chicago Bears in 1999 as Director of Business Operations and player contracts negotiator.
During his NFL career, Miller lectured on contract negotiations and sports economics at several venues, including Tulane University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Lake Forest (IL) College Graduate School of Management.
He returned to New Orleans in 2002 as Business Development consultant for SMG, the company that manages the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena. In 2003, he moved to the college ranks and became the fifth athletic director in University of New Orleans history. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city on August 29, 2005, Miller guided the UNO program through the difficult aftermath, years that saw the Privateer baseball team win the Sun Belt Conference championship and the men’s golf and volleyball teams challenge for conference honors. Miller retired from UNO in August, 2009 and has written a book titled "Where the Water Kept Rising" on his battle to keep UNO’s Division I athletics program alive.
The native of Clark Station, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1970 with a journalism degree and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1981. Throughout his career, Miller has continued to write, and his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, the SABR Baseball Research Journal and the New Orleans Times-Picayune op-ed page.
An avid runner, Miller has run five marathons with a personal best time of 2:58. He lives in New Orleans with wife Jean, daughter Layne, 21, a student at LSU Nursing School, and son Charles Connor, 19, a freshman at Ole Miss. Son Rich lives in Louisville while daughter Lindsay lives with husband Andrew Scanlon and grandson Keegan in Falls Church, VA.