Long Standing Sideline Reporter Craig Sager Dies At The Age Of 65

By Jomvie Reyes - 19 Dec '16 07:33AM

Turner Sports and TNT Sports reporter Craig Sager has died at the age of 65. His brave fight for acute myeloid leukemia has ended Thursday, December 15, 2016.  He was best known for his amazing work as a sideline reporter pacing the floors in NBA, National Basketball Association. With his bright jackets and colorful suits as his trademark, he was invariably an icon for sports enthusiasts.

Six months earlier, Sager shared a touching moment with Lebron James following what turned out to be Sager's final on-air interview. Sager, the longtime sideline reporter, was working his first NBA Finals TNT and ESPN reached an agreement to let him switch networks for one game.

His 35 years of covering an amazing array of sports since 1981 were really been overwhelm millions of fans. Sager incredible talent, work ethic and his commitment to his craft will hopefully to be remembered amongst every reporter.

Craig Sager gain recognition in 1966 penned an essay entitled ''How and Why I should show respect to the American flag''.  This drew editorial accolades from conventional newspapers around the country.

Craig Sager mastered his craft and have sorted and made an impact on both athletes and viewers alike.  His career as a reporter began for WLT in Sarasota, Florida.  He worked as a radio news director in 1974.  He was a young reporter who known as a tireless worker that sets up and focuses the camera before he conducts his interview. 

He received his first Sports Emmy Award nomination in 2012 as the best sideline reporter for The NBA on TNT.  In his moving acceptance speech in 2016 for Jimmy Perseverance Award, Sager said 'Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not in endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life'.

This devastating news has really been a big loss for all sports enthusiast. The veteran broadcaster had definitely uplifted the respect and integrity of all sportscaster.  His love and respect of all the players and coaches during game interviews has sent a very personal message to him to get better during his struggled. 

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