A veteran TV broadcaster who was as beloved by the athletes and coaches he covered as he was by his peers in sports broadcasting has died. Craig Sager, known for the loud suits he wore as a sideline reporter covering the NBA, died today after a long fight with Leukemia. He was 65.
“A sideline reporter, Sager was known worldwide for his wildly colorful suits — outfits that reflected a fulfilling and fun life. His battle with leukemia revealed him as not just a joyous personality who interviewed coaches and players, but an inspiration,” NBC Sports reports. “Sager will be missed by those who knew him and those who didn’t. He brought countless smiles to people, and this news will surely bring many tears.”
Sager worked with a number of television sports outfits, including a long tenure with Turner Sports, appearing on TNT and TBS. Early in his career he put in a stint at CNN that included co-anchoring “CNN Sports Tonight” in the 1980s.
He also worked on occasion with NBC Sports and ESPN.
Sager was inducted earlier this week into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Here’s a video tribute to Sager posted today by “NBA Today” …