ABC’s broadcast team is going to have a special guest Thursday night when it broadcasts Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will join the team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Doris Burke in Thursday night’s broadcast. The special one-night-only appearance will see Sager join Burke courtside throughout the game’s broadcast on ABC. This is a very special one-night-only appearance for Sager alongside Burke and company, who are normally competition to Turner Sports.
Sager has released a statement noting his honor at being invited to join Breem and company for Thursday night’s broadcast and his intent to add to the broadcast, not distract from it. “I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team,” he said. “I’ve been watching the series very closely and, while I do not want to distract in any way from the event itself, I look forward to being in the building for what will be an incredibly exciting Game 6. The NBA community is a very special one and this is a great honor.”
John Wildhack is ESPN Executive Vice President of Production and programming. He espoused Sager’s reputation as an NBA broadcaster in bringing him in for the broadcast in his own statement. “Craig is an iconic member of the NBA family who indelibly makes his mark on each and every broadcast. I know our entire team is delighted to work with Craig for Game 6. We all agree his professional reputation is second-to-none, though it’s his personal reputation – that of class, selflessness and respect – which makes this even more special for our team. We hope that this will be a special night for Craig and for NBA fans.” Wildhack was also certain to note Sager’s interest in the opportunity for bringing him on board for the broadcast as well as his [Wildhack’s] respect for those at Turner Sports in arranging Sager’s appearance. “We are grateful for his interest and for the continued collaboration with our friends at Turner.”
Sager has worked with Turner Sports for 34 years. He joined the company in 1982. This summer he will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The 2016 ESPYS presented by Capital One on ABC. ESPN’s annual awards broadcast, it is scheduled to air Wednesday, July 13th on ABC. Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.
Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will be available on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN. Coverage begins at 8:30pm ET with NBA Countdown on ABC. More information on this new announcement is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:
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