Jay Rydell
Jay Rydell
Seasons 2
First Episode "Special Powers"
Last Episode "Special Powers"
Played By Peter Riegert
Gender Male

Jay Rydell is a minor character in the second season of Sports Night. He is played by special guest star Peter Riegert and only appears in "The Cut Man Cometh". He is a Dan Rydell's father.



He and Dan have a troubled relationship. Dan implies that he was violent during his childhood. Dan seeks therapy for anxiety stemming from their dysfunctional relationship. Jay has two other sons. His youngest son Sam died in a car accident, driving while high on drugs. Dan blames himself for providing a poor role model for Sam.

Season 2Edit

He comes to New York to watch a boxing match. Dan provides him with front row tickets. He is dismissive of Dan's work and his assistance.[1]


Season two appearances
"Special Powers" "When Something Wicked This Way Comes" "Cliff Gardner" "Louise Revisited" "Kafelnikov"
"Shane" "Kyle Whitaker's Got Two Sacks" "The Reunion" "A Girl Named Pixley" "The Giants Win the Pennant, the Giants Win the Pennant!"
"The Cut Man Cometh" "The Sweet Smell of Air" "Dana Get Your Gun" "And the Crowd Goes Wild" "Celebrities"
"The Local Weather" "Draft Day: Part I It Can't Rain at Indian Wells" "Draft Day: Part II The Fall of Ryan O'Brian" "April Is the Cruelest Month" "Bells and a Siren"
"La Forza del Destino" "Quo Vadimus"


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