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Brad Nessler


Brad Nessler is a sportscaster from the United States. Brad Nessler is best known for his work covering college football and basketball games. Nessler has been associated with various sports networks throughout his career, including ESPN and CBS.

Early Life

Brad Nessler was born in St. Charles, Minnesota, the United States, on June 3, 1956. Currently, he is 67 years old and has a birth sign of Gemini. His full name is Bradley Ray Nessler and is an American by nationality. Further, he belongs to the White-American ethnicity.

The identities of his parents, siblings, and other family members are unknown. In addition, he prefers to maintain privacy when it comes to his family history.

Brad Nessler – Education

Nessler completed his high school education at Minnesota Country College and earned a college machine degree from Minnesota Kingdom University in Mankato.

Professional Career

Brad Nessler began his professional broadcasting career sharing play-by-play duties with Al Ciraldo on Georgia Tech basketball on WGST from 1980-81 through 1984-85. He then handled play-by-play for the Atlanta Falcons on WGST and WSB from 1982 to 1988, before assuming the same position for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

Previously, he called preseason telecasts for the Miami Dolphins and provided play-by-play for ACC football and basketball for the Jefferson-Pilot. He worked for CBS Sports from 1990 to 1991, announcing NFL games, college football, and college basketball.

His ESPN career began in 1992 with college basketball games, followed by Big Ten and Thursday night football events, before expanding to include ABC Sports responsibilities in 1997.

He also appears annually as an analyst alongside Kirk Herbstreit in EA Sports’ NCAA Football series. In addition, his voice (and those of his broadcast partner, Dick Vitale) appeared in EA Sports’ NCAA March Madness video game series.

When he started calling college football for ABC in 1997, he was considered the third-best play-by-play announcer after Keith Jackson and Brent Musburger. He was moved to #2 when Jackson returned to West Coast games in 1999, and he was the #1 Saturday afternoon play-by-play announcer from 2006 to 2008.

ESPN announced in July 2009 that Nessler would take over as the primary play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s college football coverage, with a focus on ESPN’s Saturday Primetime game at 7:45 PM Eastern Time.

In 1997, he began working for ABC and initially collaborated with Gary Danielson as a college football colour analyst. In 2006, Paul Maguire joined Nessler and Griese as a third colour commentator on Saturday afternoon college telecasts.

Nessler joined ESPN’s Saturday Primetime telecasts in 2009, alongside former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge and sideline reporter Erin Andrews. They also called the Capital One Bowl on ABC in January 2010.

Caption: Brad Nessler working as a sportscaster (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer)

He worked as an NBA broadcaster from 2002 to 2004, including broadcasting the NBA Finals in 2003. Since 2006, he has handled play-by-play for SEC games on Super Tuesday and Thursday Night Showcase, with Sean Farnham or Dick Vitale and sideline reporter Heather Cox. He covered college basketball games for ESPN on Saturday afternoons and has previously featured on ABC.

Working with ESPN again in 2006, he began analyzing on Monday Night Football. Bonnie Bernstein, Dick Vermeil, Ron Jaworski, Trent Dilfer, and Suzy Kolber served as his game co-hosts. He did this role till 2011.

In 2011, he started working for the NFL Network. With this group, he discussed Thursday Night Football games. Mike Maycock served as his co-host throughout these games. He worked with this group till 2013. Nessler began working with CBS for the 2017 season, as announced in 2016. He would be hosting again alongside Gary Danielson and, for the first time, Allie LaForce.

Since 2022, Jenny Dell and veteran NFL referee Gene Steratore have joined the pair regularly. He also does play-by-play for college basketball on the network, typically alongside commentator Bill Raftery.

Nessler’s first SEC game for CBS was Florida vs. Arkansas on November 5, 2016. He took over as CBS’ top college football commentator for the Sun Bowl a month later. In 2018, he hosted his first NCAA March Madness on TBS.

Brad Nessler – Net Worth 2024

Nessler earns $300,000 annually and has a net worth of $1.5 million as of 2023. Primarily, he makes money as a sportscaster.

Relationship Status

Caption: Brad Nessler with his wife (Source:

Brad  Nessler married to Nancy Nessler. With the marriage, the couple has one child named Reis Nessler. Meanwhile, he has not provided much about his past relationships and affairs.

Body Measurements

Caption: Brad Nessler taking a photo with WWE star Undertaker (Source:

Looking at his appearance, he has a pair of hazel eyes with light brown hair colour. Whereas, his other body measurements are unknown.

Brad Nessler – Social Media

On his Twitter page ‘@brad_nesslerCBS’ there are over 9.3K followers. Other than this, he is not present on Facebook and Instagram.