- Brad Nessler
Brad Nessler (born
June 3, 1956in St. Charles, Minnesota) is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college basketballgames for ESPNand ESPN on ABCand college footballgames for ESPN on ABC.
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 Falconsfrom 1982 to 1988 on WGST and WSB-AM before assuming the same position for the Minnesota Vikingsduring the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He has done play-by-play of ACC football and basketball for Jefferson Pilot telecasts.
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 Sportsassignments 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 Danielsonas 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 Maguirejoined 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 Vitaleand sideline reporter Heather Cox. The duo also covers Saturday afternoon games for ESPN on ABCduring the regular college basketball season.
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 Bernsteinto call the San Diego Chargers– Oakland Raidersgame which was the second game of that "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on ESPN.
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 Madnessvideo game series.
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