Sarah Kustok, the courtside reporter for The Brooklyn Nets the past five seasons, has been promoted by The YES Network to game analyst for the upcoming 2017-18 NBA season. She will be the first woman to be a primary NBA game analyst at a regional sports network.
Kustok has periodically appeared as a game analyst the past three seasons and will split game analyst duties with long-time Nets’ analyst Jim Spanarkel. Veteran broadcaster Ian Eagle is still the Nets’ main play-by-play announcer this season and will split time with Ryan Ruocco.
Kustok, 35, previously worked at ESPN and Comcast Sports Chicago. She is a graduate and former women’s basketball player at DePaul University.
Former NBA coach Mike Fratello — affectionately known as the “Czar of the Telestrator”, and a game analyst for YES Network since 2008, will move into a studio analyst role this season, working alongside Chris Shearn, Nancy Newman and Bob Lorenz, who will continue rotating as studio hosts.
Michael Grady will make his debut this season as YES’ Nets courtside reporter. Grady is the 2016 Indiana Sportscaster of the Year, as voted on by the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Most recently, he was sports anchor at WRTV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, where he won an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 2016 Indianapolis 500. Also prior to his joining YES, he was the Indiana Pacers’ public address announcer since 2010. He will continue co-hosting the Grady and Big Joe Show with former Indianapolis Colts player Joe Staysniak on 107.5 ESPN Radio in Indianapolis.
“These moves strengthen what is already considered by fans and NBA insiders alike as the best local television team in the NBA,” said John J. Filippelli, President of Production & Programming, YES Network. “Sarah has proven herself time and time again throughout her five years covering the Nets for us, and Mike’s move to the studio will enable us to take full advantage of his Xs and Os acumen gained from more than 40 years in the NBA. We also welcome Michael Grady, an Emmy Award winner in his own right, who should fit in seamlessly, having already worked for the Indiana Pacers and having handled a variety of media roles in Indianapolis.”
YES will televise a pair of Nets pre-season games – Sunday, October 8th (Knicks at Nets, 7:30 pm ET) and Wednesday, October 11th (Sixers at Nets, 7:30 pm ET). The network will also televise every Nets regular season game this year, including the season opener on Wednesday, October 18th (Nets at Indiana, 7:00 pm ET).