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Bradley "Brad" Nessler (born June 3, 1956) is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college football and college basketball games for CBS Sports.[1]

Contents

1 Career

1.1 Early assignments 1.2 CBS Sports 1.3 ESPN
ESPN
and ABC Sports

1.3.1 College football 1.3.2 NBA and college basketball 1.3.3 Monday Night Football

1.4 NFL Network 1.5 Return to CBS

2 Personal 3 References

Career[edit] Early assignments[edit] Nessler 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
Atlanta Falcons
from 1982 to 1988 on WGST and WSB-AM before assuming the same position for the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He also called preseason telecasts for the Miami Dolphins for several years, and has done play-by-play of ACC football and basketball telecasts for Jefferson-Pilot.[1] CBS Sports[edit] 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).[2] ESPN
ESPN
and ABC Sports[edit] Nessler's career with ESPN
ESPN
began in 1992 with college basketball games, and also Big Ten and Thursday night football contests, and expanded with the addition of ABC Sports
ABC Sports
assignments in 1997.[citation needed] Nessler has also appeared annually as a commentator in EA Sports' NCAA Football series. Also, his voice (and that of his broadcast partner, Dick Vitale) was featured in EA Sports' NCAA March Madness video game series. College football[edit] When Nessler began calling college football for ABC in 1997 he was regarded as the #3 play-by-play man behind Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
and Brent Musburger. He was promoted to #2 upon Jackson's scaling back to West Coast games in 1999, and was the #1 Saturday afternoon play-by-play man from 2006 until the 2008 season. In July 2009, ESPN
ESPN
announced that Nessler would move to the top play-by-play man for ESPN's coverage of college football, being primarily responsible for ESPN's Saturday Primetime game airing at 7:45 PM Eastern Time. He originally worked with Gary Danielson
Gary Danielson
as his college football color man when he began working for ABC in 1997, but from 1999 to 2008 called games alongside Bob Griese
Bob Griese
(who traded positions with Danielson). Starting in 2006, Paul Maguire
Paul Maguire
joined Nessler and Griese as a third color commentator for the Saturday afternoon college telecasts. Upon the announcement of Nessler's move to ESPN's Saturday Primetime telecasts, it was also announced that he would be teamed with former Penn State
Penn State
quarterback Todd Blackledge and sideline reporter Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews
beginning with the 2009 college football season; this crew also called the January 1, 2010 Capital One Bowl
Capital One Bowl
on ABC. NBA and college basketball[edit] From 2002 to 2004, Nessler was a broadcaster for the NBA,[3] including calling the 2003 NBA Finals. During this particular period, Nessler was accused (particularly by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times) of not knowing game strategy well[4], lacking rhythm and enthusiasm[5] in his game call, not bringing out the best in his partners[6] (i.e. Bill Walton
Bill Walton
and Tom Tolbert), too often ignoring the score, and tending to stammer. Since 2006, Nessler has provided play-by-play for SEC games on Super Tuesday and Thursday Night Showcase, alongside Sean Farnham or Dick Vitale (and formerly Jimmy Dykes) and sideline reporter Heather Cox. He also covers Saturday afternoon games for ESPN
ESPN
during the regular college basketball season, and previously appeared on ABC. Monday Night Football[edit] On September 11, 2006, ESPN
ESPN
began its coverage of Monday Night Football with a Week 1 doubleheader. Nessler teamed with Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, and Bonnie Bernstein
Bonnie Bernstein
to call the second game, featuring the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. On September 13, 2010, Nessler again worked a Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football
game, teaming with Trent Dilfer and Suzy Kolber
Suzy Kolber
to call the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in the second game of that night's Week 1 doubleheader. On September 12, 2011, Nessler and Dilfer called the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos in the second game of the Week 1 doubleheader; the game included a 63-yard field goal kicked by Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski, which tied the NFL record at the time. NFL Network[edit] In May 2011, Nessler was hired by NFL Network
NFL Network
to call its Thursday Night Football telecasts, on which he was teamed with analyst Mike Mayock for an eight-game package.[7] He continued to call the game package in 2012 and 2013, expanded to thirteen games, before CBS Sports took over responsibility for the package in the 2014 NFL season. Return to CBS[edit] CBS Sports
CBS Sports
announced on May 31, 2016 that Nessler would return to the network to serve as lead play-by-play announcer for SEC college football games beginning in the 2017 season, replacing the outgoing Verne Lundquist. He will team with Gary Danielson, who he worked with at ABC from 1997–1999, and Allie LaForce.[8] He also provides play-by-play for college basketball and NBA for the network usually teaming with analyst Bill Raftery. Also, he will fill-in for James Brown as studio host on NFL on CBS
NFL on CBS
when Brown is away on assignment. Nessler's first SEC game for CBS was Florida at Arkansas on November 5, 2016. He assumed duties as CBS' lead college football announcer for the Sun Bowl one month later. Personal[edit] Nessler is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. References[edit]

^ a b "CBS Press Express - CBS SPORTS". www.cbspressexpress.com.  ^ Bowl Championship Series - Nessler, Brad, espn.go.com; accessed December 1, 2016. ^ "Decade in Review: 10 worst personnel moves". www.sportsmediawatch.com.  ^ Sandomir, Richard (May 2, 2003). "TV SPORTS; Peculiar Choice to Handle Play-by-Play for the N.B.A." New York Times.  ^ Bernstein, Andy (October 27, 2003). " Mike Breen Becomes N.B.A. Finals Play-by-Play Fixture". New York Times.  ^ Sandomir, Richard (June 5, 2016). "ESPN, ABC pledge to revamp game broadcasts". Sports Business Journal.  ^ Deitsch, Richard (2011-05-05). "Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock form new NFL Network
NFL Network
booth". SI.com.  ^ Patterson, Chip (2016-05-31). " Verne Lundquist
Verne Lundquist
to leave 'SEC on CBS' after 2016 season, Brad Nessler to succeed him". CBSSports.com. 

Preceded by Marv Albert (on NBC) Play-by-Play announcer, NBA Finals 2003 Succeeded by Al Michaels

Preceded by none Play-by-Play announcer, Saturday Primetime 2005-2006 Succeeded by Dan Shulman

Preceded by Bob Papa Thursday Night Football play-by-play commentator 2011-2013 Succeeded by Jim Nantz

Preceded by Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson
(in 1973) Lead play-by-play announcer, NBA on ABC 2002-2003 Succeeded by Al Michaels

Preceded by Verne Lundquist Play-by-Play announcer, SEC on CBS 2017- Succeeded by Incumbent

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