- Craig Sager
Sager at the 2009 NLCS.
Born 1949 (age 61–62)
Station(s) ESPN, TBS
Craig Sager (born 1949 in Batavia, Illinois), is currently a sportscaster for TNT and TBS. Sager is a graduate of Northwestern University. He has previously covered sports for CBS and CNN. His nickname is "America's Sideline Reporter".
Education and early life
Sager graduated from Northwestern University in 1973, earning a bachelor's degree in speech. He is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He made both the football and basketball teams as a walk-on, having grown to 6 ft 4 in. He also served as Willie the Wildcat, the school's mascot.
Before working for CBS, he worked in Kansas City, Missouri, for KMBC, as well as WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida, WTSP in St. Petersburg, Florida, and WXLT in Sarasota, Florida where he began his broadcast career in 1972.
Sager was sports director for WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he was honored with the Sportscaster of the Year Award from the Florida High School Coaches Association. He also had a stint at WSPB radio in Sarasota, Fla.
Prior to signing on with CNN, Sager spent two years at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri where he served as sports director and reporter and handled play-by-play duties for the Kansas City Kings, Royals spring training and Chiefs' pre-season games.
Sager was waiting for Henry Aaron at home plate after Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking the record held by Babe Ruth. Sager can be easily recognized in the fracas at home plate after the home run because of the long white overcoat that he was wearing.
Prior to working for Turner Sports, Sager joined CNN in 1981 after handling the network's first live remote report from the 1980 baseball playoffs. At CNN, Sager was co-anchor of the network's CNN Sports Tonight shows and was honored with a CableAce award in 1985. He also served as the anchor of College Football Scoreboard from 1982–85.
Sager normally works as a sideline reporter for The NBA on TNT. Previously, he has worked at CNN and TBS for the Goodwill Games, Pan American Games, and 1990 FIFA World Cup. Sager also called Nordic skiing and curling for TNT's coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Sager recently worked as a sideline reporter for TBS during Barry Bonds' chase to break Aaron's all-time home run record. While covering the 2008 MLB postseason, Sager wore a different brightly colored suit jacket to each game. He currently serves as the lead sideline reporter for the MLB postseason on TBS.
He appears in the NBA 2K video game series along with fellow TNT reporters Kevin Harlan and Kenny Smith. Sager is a sideline reporter who interviews the coaches and reports on the interviews in the games.
He has also served as a reporter for the network's coverage of golf, tennis and amateur sports. He previously hosted Atlanta Hawks telecasts for TBS Superstation, was a reporter on TNT's NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game from 1990–1997. Among his other assignments have been the 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 Goodwill Games for TBS. In addition, Sager hosted the weekly amateur sports series U.S. Olympic Gold, which aired Saturdays on TNT.
Sager reported from the sideline for TBS' Pac-10/Big 12 college football coverage from 2002 to 2006. He also served as the sideline reporter for the 50th annual Delchamps Senior Bowl from Ladd Memorial Stadium in Mobile, AL, and the 1998 and 2000 Micron PC Bowl, formerly known as the Carquest Bowl. 
Sager was a reporter for TNT's coverage of the 2002 World Championships of Basketball, 2000 USA Basketball Games coverage from Hawaii and Japan, as well as the 1999 Tournament of the Americas Olympic Qualifying Basketball Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
He has been the men's and women's basketball reporter for NBC's Olympic coverage since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also has filled in as a sideline reporter on NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football. 
Sager's wife, Stacy, a former NBA dancer, and Sager have two children, Riley and Ryan. Sager also has three children from a previous marriage, including Craig Jr., a walk-on wide receiver at the University of Georgia.
Awards and honors
- ^ The 1992 Winter Olympics (TNT) TV Special - InBaseline
- ^ http://dleaguedigest.com/2010/06/25/exploring-th-origins-of-craig-sagers-snappy-dressing/
- ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks - baltimoresun.com
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