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Brad Nessler (born June 3, 1956 in St. Charles, Minnesota) is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college basketball and college football games for ESPN with occasional appearances on ESPN on ABC.



Early assignments

He 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 from 1982 to 1988 on WGST and WSB-AM before assuming the same position for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He has done play-by-play of ACC football and basketball for Jefferson Pilot telecasts.

CBS Sports

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).[1]

ESPN and ABC Sports

Nessler's career with ESPN began in 1992 and expanded with the addition of ABC Sports assignments in 1997. From 2002–04, Nessler was a broadcaster for the NBA[2], including calling the 2003 NBA Finals. He appears annually as the play-by-play commentator in EA Sports' NCAA Football. Also, his voice (and that of his broadcast partner, Dick Vitale) was featured in EA Sports' NCAA March Madness video game series.

When Nessler began calling college football for ABC in 1997 he was regarded as the #3 play-by-play man behind 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 through the 2008 season. In July 2009, 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 as his college football color man when he began working for ABC in 1997, but from 1999-2008 called games alongside Bob Griese (who traded positions with Danielson). Starting in 2006, 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 quarterback Todd Blackledge and sideline reporter Erin Andrews beginning with the 2009 college football season. This crew, however, will call the January 1, 2010 Capital One Bowl on ABC

Since 2006, Nessler has provided play-by-play for SEC games on Super Tuesday, alongside Jimmy Dykes or Dick Vitale and sideline reporter Heather Cox. The duo also covers Saturday afternoon games for ESPN during the regular college basketball season.

On September 11, 2006, ESPN began its coverage of Monday Night Football with a Week 1 doubleheader. Nessler teamed with Ron Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, and Bonnie Bernstein to call the San Diego ChargersOakland Raiders game which was the second game of that Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN.


Nessler is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

His daughter, Reis Nessler, attends Valdosta State University.

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Preceded by
Marv Albert
Play-by-Play announcer, NBA Finals
Succeeded by
Al Michaels
Preceded by
Play-by-Play announcer, Saturday Primetime
Succeeded by
Dan Shulman

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