The YES Network, the television home of the Brooklyn Nets, has announced it’s revamping its broadcast lineup for the 2017-18 NBA season. One move in particular is sure to generate headlines across the sports media universe.
The team has announced that Sarah Kustok, YES’ courtside reporter for the past five seasons, will shift to the analyst chair. She becomes the only woman to work as a primary solo NBA game analyst on a regional sports network.
Kustok will split analyst duties with YES veteran Jim Spanarkel, working with play-by-play announcers Ian Eagle and Ryan Ruocco who also share duties throughout the season. Over the past three seasons Kustok has earned a few opportunities to fill in as an analyst and the team and television network clearly liked what they saw.
Former NBA head coach and game analyst Mike Fratello, who’s been involved with the franchise’s broadcast since 2008, will move into a studio analyst role this season. He’ll work with studio hosts Chris Shearn, Nancy Newman and Bob Lorenz.
Another new addition this season is Michael Grady. The Indianapolis sports radio veteran, television anchor and public address announcer for the Indiana Pacers will take over as YES’ Nets courtside reporter. Despite taking on a new role in Brooklyn, Grady will continue to co-host the Grady and Big Joe Show with former Indianapolis Colts player Joe Staysniak on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis.
“These moves strengthen what is already considered by fans and NBA insiders alike as the best local television team in the NBA,” said John J. Filippelli, President of Production & Programming, YES Network. “Sarah has proven herself time and time again throughout her five years covering the Nets for us, and Mike’s move to the studio will enable us to take full advantage of his Xs and Os acumen gained from more than 40 years in the NBA. We also welcome Michael Grady, an Emmy Award winner in his own right, who should fit in seamlessly, having already worked for the Indiana Pacers and having handled a variety of media roles in Indianapolis.”