Brad Nessler, one of the leading play-by-play commentators in the business, calls games for both ESPN and ABC. He has worked for ESPN since 1992, and added ABC assignments in 1997 while continuing to handle college football and basketball games for ABC and ESPN. He’s also the play-by-play voice of EA Sports NCAA Football and college basketball March Madness video games. Nessler currently calls the ESPN College Football Primetime game on Saturday nights with analyst Todd Blackledge and reporter Holly Rowe.
From 1992 to 1997, Nessler called college basketball games, and also Big Ten and Thursday night football contests for ESPN. In 1997, he began calling college football for ABC, including the Bowl Championship Series title game, as well as college basketball.
In addition to college football, Nessler has made a pair of appearances in the Monday Night Football booth as part of ESPN’s annual season-opening doubleheader. He worked alongside Ron Jaworski and former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil in 2006 to call the Chargers-Raiders. Four years later, he teamed with Trent Dilfer for the Chargers-Chiefs. Both pairings earned much praise from viewers.
Nessler also serves as the top play-by-play voice of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football telecasts.
Nessler began his career as a sports anchor and talk show host for WGST-Radio in Atlanta in 1980. In 1985, he became sports director at WSB-Radio, also in Atlanta. While at the Atlanta stations, he handled radio play-by-play of Georgia Tech basketball (1980-85) and the Atlanta Falcons (1982-88) before assuming the same duty for the Minnesota Vikings on WCCO (1988-89). He has done play-by-play of ACC football and basketball for Raycom/Jefferson Pilot telecasts, and did WLAF games for USA Network (1991-92). Nessler also has served as play-by-play announcer for Miami Dolphins preseason telecasts.
Nessler joined CBS in 1990 and worked on college football and men’s and women’s basketball, including the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship game, and NFL games. He also was the network’s host for speed skating coverage at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France.
Since 1992, Nessler has returned each year to his hometown of St. Charles, Minn., to host The Nessler Memorial, a charity golf tournament named after his late father, Bob. All proceeds from the annual event go toward cancer research.
Nessler is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. In 2010, he was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
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