Craig Sager

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Craig Sager
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Sager at the 2009 NLCS
Craig Graham Sager

(1951-06-29)June 29, 1951
DiedDecember 15, 2016(2016-12-15) (aged 65)
Cause of deathAcute myeloid leukemia
OccupationTV sports broadcaster, commentator and announcer for Turner Sports (TNT, TBS)
Years active1972–2016
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Spouse(s)Stacy Craig

Craig Graham Sager, Sr. (June 29, 1951 – December 15, 2016) was a Turner Sports personality. He was the lead sideline reporter with Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, and Steve Kerr for the NBA on TNT and the lead field reporter for MLB on TBS with Ernie Johnson Jr., Ron Darling, and John Smoltz. He also did college basketball tournaments with Albert and Kerr for CBS and Turner Sports as the #2 team.

Career[change | change source]

He was sports director for two television stations: WINK-TV and KMBD-TV. He was a sports anchor for two other television stations: WTSP (also a sports reporter), and WXLT-TV. He was an anchor for CNN Sports Tonight, College Football Scoreboard and an anchor for the defunct television network CNN Sports Illustrated. While at Kansas City, he provided play-by-play for the Kansas City Kings, Kansas City Royals spring training, and Kansas City Chiefs preseason.

He also was on the fields and sidelines reporting for the Goodwill Games on TBS, TNT World Cup, Golf on TNT, Tennis on TNT, college football on TBS, and TNT Sunday Night Football where he also was the studio host for college football on TBS. Sager called Nordic Skiing and Curling at the 1992 Winter Olympics for TNT. He was a sideline reporter for other basketball tournaments for TNT and has been the Olympic Basketball sideline reporter for NBC since 2008.

While at NBC, he was also a sideline reporter for the 1999 National League Championship Series, 1999 World Series, and Notre Dame Football on NBC.

Illness and death[change | change source]

Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014.[1] On December 15, 2016, Sager died from the disease in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 65.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "TNT's Sager to miss playoffs with leukemia". NBA. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  2. Journal-Constitution, The Atlanta. "Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager dies". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.