Daugherty, Others Staying With ESPN After 2014 NASCAR Season Ends

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ESPN and NASCAR are parting ways at the end of the 2014 season. Despite this change, there’s good news for audiences and ESPN’s NASCAR broadcast team. ESPN announced this week that analyst and team owner Brad Daugherty will remain with the worldwide leader in sports.

ESPN announced this week that Daugherty will join ESPN’s basketball broadcast team beginning Monday, December 1st. Daugherty is a former five-time NBA All-Star and college basketball standout. He will serve as an analyst on ESPN’s NBA Tonight, NBA Coast to Coast, and SportsCenter regularly. He will also make appearances on ESPNU’s ACC Sunday Night package along with other other programming across the ESPN family of networks.

Before joining ESPN’s NASCAR broadcasts, Daugherty served as a reporter for ESPN and ABC’s college basketball from 1999 – 2001. Prior to joining ESPN’s ranks, he also served as a game analyst for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs local broadcasts. His playing career included eight seasons as a member of the Cavaliers after being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1986. He averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his career. His love for NASCAR showed throughout his career as he wore the number 43 in honor of “The King” Richard Petty. The Cavs retired his number in 1997.

Daugherty is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill at the age of 16 and graduated from the university in 1986. He was named an All-ACC player twice during his college career and a first-team All-American in his senior year at the university. He averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game during his senior year at UNC.

Daugherty’s is not the only move that ESPN has announced in regards to the network’s NASCAR broadcast team. Veteran racer and long-time ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven recently signed a new deal with ESPN that will see him remain with the network as a NASCAR analyst for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms. Nicole Briscoe, it was announced last month, will serve as an anchor on SportsCenter and will also take on additional assignments. And reporter Marty Smith will stay on board with ESPN, too. He will remain with ESPN as a Bureau Reporter for ESPN. Allen Bestwick, who has led ESPN’s NASCAR coverage each week, will remain with the network, too. He will stay on to call ESPN’s IndyCar races and to cover tennis and golf coverage. He will also anchor some programming on ESPN’s new SEC Network.

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Johnson Returning To ESPN Alongside Karl

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ESPN has added another name to its roster as NBA pre-season camps open.  Avery Johnson has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN that brings him back to the network after having last worked with the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” from 2008-2010.  His new deal will put him alongside the NBA’s 2012-2013 Coach of the Year George Karl in the ESPN studios.  As with Karl’s new deal, Johnson’s deal with ESPN will see him joining the network as a studio analyst.  He will make his debut Monday, October 21st.  He will make appearances on SportsCenter, Coast 2 Coast, and NBA Tonight and other programs across ESPN as part of his new deal.

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Johnson brings with him to ESPN over twenty years of experience in the NBA.  Seven of those years were as a head coach.  Most recently, he served as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Before that, he took the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals during the 2005-2006 NBA season, and went on to earn the title of NBA Coach of the year that same season.  His coaching experience is just part of his extensive resume.  He was also a point guard from 1988 – 2004. He served as starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.

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Nuggets Coach Karl Returning to ESPN

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Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year during the league’s 2012-2013 season.  Now he has another honor to add to his resume.  Karl, who previously served as a studio analyst for ESPN during the 2003-2004 NBA season, will return to the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” beginning this Saturday, October 5th.  Karl will make his debut Saturday night during the 11pm edition of SportsCenter.  His new multi-year deal will also see him serve as analyst on a number of other shows including Coast 2 Coast and NBA Tonight.

Karl has over two decades of experience and knowledge to share with viewers when he returns to ESPN this weekend.  And in a statement released about said return, Karl was looking forward to making his return to ESPN.  “I’m excited to be back at ESPN and to offer the insights that I’ve gathered from 25 years of coaching,” he said.  “It’s going to be a fun season ahead and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our viewers.”

Karl earned the honor of being named the NBA’s Coach of the Year after leading the Nuggets–the NBA’s third youngest team–to a 57-25 record during the 2012-2013 season.  He is sixth on the all-time win list among NBA coaches, collecting 1,131 career wins.  He has coached in the NBA for a total of twenty-five seasons, the last nine being served with the Nuggets.

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