Brad Nessler


Brad Nessler

Brad Nessler (born June 3, 1956 in St. Charles, Minnesota) is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college basketball games for ESPN and ESPN on ABC and college football games for ESPN on ABC.

Career

Early assignments

He began his professional broadcasting career sharing play-by-play radio duties with Al Ciraldo on Georgia Tech basketball on WGST-AM from 1980-81 through 1984-85, and handled the play-by-play for the Atlanta Falcons from 1982 to 1988 on WGST and WSB-AM before assuming the same position for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He has done play-by-play of ACC football and basketball for Jefferson Pilot telecasts.

CBS Sports

In 1990 and 1991, Nessler worked for CBS Sports, calling NFL games, college football, and college basketball (both men's and women's college basketball). [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/abcsports/bcs/columns/nessler_brad/bio.html Bowl Championship Series - Nessler, Brad ] ]

ESPN and ABC Sports

Nessler's career with ESPN began in 1992 and expanded with the addition of ABC Sports assignments in 1997. From 2002–04, Nessler was a broadcaster for the NBA, including calling the 2003 NBA Finals. He appears annually as the play-by-play commentator in EA Sports' NCAA Football.

When Nessler began calling college football for ABC in 1997 he was regarded as the #3 play-by-play man behind Keith Jackson and Brent Musburger. He was promoted to #2 upon Jackson's scaling back to West Coast games in 1999, and currently is the #1 Saturday afternoon play-by-play man.

He originally worked with Gary Danielson as his college football color man when he began working for ABC in 1997, but since 1999 has called games alongside Bob Griese (who traded positions with Danielson). Starting in 2006 Paul Maguire joined Nessler and Griese as a third color commentator for the Saturday afternoon college telecasts. Since 2006, Nessler has provided play-by-play for SEC games on "Super Tuesday", alongside Jimmy Dykes or Dick Vitale and sideline reporter Heather Cox. The duo also covers Saturday afternoon games for ESPN on ABC during the regular college basketball season.

On September 11, 2006, ESPN began its coverage of "Monday Night Football" with a Week 1 doubleheader. Nessler teamed with Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, and Bonnie Bernstein to call the San Diego Chargers–Oakland Raiders game which was the second game of that "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on ESPN.

Personal

Nessler is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

His voice (and that of his broadcast partner, Dick Vitale) is featured in EA Sports' NCAA March Madness video game series.

External links


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