ESPN and Turner Sports are working together to do something that just feels right. Sideline reporter Craig Sager will get an opportunity to work his first NBA Finals, thanks to the two networks agreeing to a unique partnership.
Sager, the popular TNT sideline reporter known for his flashy wardrobe, and respected demeanor, has kept working despite facing challenges from a battle with leukemia. He’ll be honored later this year by ESPN during their annual ESPYs.
As hard as it might be to believe, Sager has never worked an NBA Finals series. He’ll share sideline reporting duties for Game 6 with Doris Burke. The matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors airs Thursday night at 9pm ET on ABC.
“I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team,” Sager said in a statement. “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.”
In a video message to Sager released by ESPN, Burke said: “Welcome to our team. It’s our honor.”