Craig Sager

Craig Sager, who died at the age of 65, was an American television sports broadcaster, commentator and announcer that was active from 1972 until his death in 2016 for
myeloid leukemia. Sager worked for outlets such as CNN, TBS and TNT. He graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago where he earned a master’s degree in Speech. After he graduated in 1973 he began working at local news stations in Florida as a weatherman and a reporter before signing onto CNN full time in 1981, winning a CableAce award for his co-anchoring in CNN’s Sports Tonight shows. In 1987 he moved to TBS’ division of CNN. He covered an array of sporting events such as The Pan American Games and the Fifa World Cup of 1990. He covered the 1992 Winter Olympics for the sister channel TNT and also covered sports like golf and tennis, and covered the NFL league on TNT from 1990-1997. His most notable role was a sideline reporter for The NBA on TNT and earned a Sports Emmy Award nomination in 2012. Since the 1990’s he covered several tournaments such as the World Series and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He worked the 2016 NBA Finals alongside Doris Burke during the last few months of his life. He was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance award for his fight against leukemia in the 2016 ESPY Awards. In December 2016 Sager was introduced into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame just two days before his death, and was the recipient of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2017.

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