FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2016 - The American Sportscasters Association and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Lifetime Member and friend, Craig Sager, who passed away today after a long battle with leukemia. He was 65.
Sager, the colorful NBA sideline reporter for TNT who had been battling leukemia since March of 2014, revealed earlier this year that his cancer had returned for a third time, and received a rare third bone marrow transplant in August.
I had the privilege of reading Craig's new book, Living Out Loud, and it was amazing to learn how positive and upbeat he was as he tried to overcome this dreadful disease. He enjoyed life to the fullest with his wife, Stacy, and five children, including his son, Craig, Jr., a sportscaster and writer who looked up to his dad as a mentor and more importantly a friend who he could share his love of sports with.
Beyond the flashy attire was a sport reporter who was truly dedicated to his craft. He lived and breathed sports from his days as a youngster growing up in Batavia, Ill, to his over three decades as a member of TNT covering the Olympics, NBA basketball and anything else thrown his way.
Rest in peace, old friend. You will be sorely missed.
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