Brad Nessler Biography
Brad Nessler is an American sportscaster, who currently calls college football and college basketball games for CBS Sports.
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. From 1982 to 1988, he handled the play-by-play for the Atlanta Falcons on WGST and WSB-AM before assuming the same position for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
Nessler 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.
Brad Nessler CBS Sports
Nessler worked for CBS Sports in 1990 and 1991, calling NFL games, college football, and college basketball (both men’s and women’s college basketball).
Brad Nessler ESPN and ABC Sports
His career with 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 assignments in 1997.Brad Nessler Photo
He has also appeared annually as a commentator in EA Sports’ NCAA Football series. Also, his voice was featured in EA Sports’ NCAA March Madness video game series.
Brad Nessler College football
When Nessler began calling college football for ABC in 1997 he was regarded as the #3 play-by-play man behind Brent Musburger and Keith Jackson. In 1999, Nessler 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 announced that Brad 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.
Nessler originally worked with 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 (who traded positions with Danielson).
Starting in 2006, Paul Maguire joined Griese and Nessler 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 Nessler would be teamed with former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge and sideline reporter Erin Andrews beginning with the 2009 college football season; this crew also called the January 1, 2010 Capital One Bowl on ABC.
Brad Nessler NBA and college basketball
Nessler was a broadcaster for the NBA from 2002 to 2004, including calling the 2003 NBA Finals. During this particular period, he was accused (particularly by Richard Sandomir of The New York Times) of lacking rhythm and enthusiasm in his game call, not knowing game strategy well, not bringing out the best in his partners (i.e. Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert), too often ignoring the score, and tending to stammer.
Starting in 2006, he had provided play-by-play for SEC games on Super Tuesday and Thursday Night Showcase, alongside Dick Vitale or Sean Farnham (and formerly Jimmy Dykes) and sideline reporter Heather Cox.
Nessler also covered Saturday afternoon games for ESPN during the regular college basketball season, and previously appeared on ABC.
Brad Nessler Monday Night Football
On September 11, 2006, ESPN began its coverage of Monday Night Football with a Week 1 doubleheader. Nessler teamed with Dick Vermeil, Ron Jaworski, and Bonnie Bernstein to call the second game, featuring the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
On September 13, 2010, he again worked a Monday Night Football game, teaming with Suzy Kolber and Trent Dilfer 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, Brad 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.
Brad Nessler NFL Network
In May 2011, Brad Nessler was hired by NFL Network to call its Thursday Night Football telecasts, on which he was teamed with analyst Mike Mayock for an eight-game package.
Nessler 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.
Brad Nessler Return to CBS
On May 31, 2016, CBS Sports announced 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.
Nessler is teamed with Gary Danielson, who he worked with at ABC from 1997–1999, and Allie LaForce. He also provides play-by-play for college basketball for the network usually teaming with analyst Bill Raftery. Also, Nessler will fill-in for James Brown as studio host on NFL on CBS when Brown is away on assignment.
His first SEC game for CBS was Florida at Arkansas on November 5, 2016. One month later, he assumed duties as CBS’ lead college football announcer for the Sun Bowl. In 2018, he called his first NCAA March Madness on TBS.
Brad Nessler Age
Nessler was born on June 3, 1956 in St. Charles, Minnesota, United States. He is 62 year old as of 2018.
Brad Nessler Wife
He is married to Nancy Nessler and together they have one child. He likes to keep his personal life private hence there is no information about his wife or his children. He now lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and family.
Brad Nessler Salary | Brad Nessler Net Worth
Nessler earns an annual salary of $300 thousand and has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.