Kelly Crull will not return as OKC Thunder sideline reporter

Kelly Crull will not be returning for her third season as the Oklahoma City Thunder sideline reporter, a Thunder official confirmed Thursday morning.
by Mel Bracht Modified: July 26, 2012 at 10:56 am •  Published: July 26, 2012

Kelly Crull said Thursday that she is exploring other career options and will not be returning for her third season as Oklahoma City Thunder sideline reporter.

“The option year in my Thunder contract provided me with an opening to explore other broadcasting avenues and I am thrilled about my upcoming career opportunities,” Crull said. “During my four years in Oklahoma, I met so many wonderful people and got to be involved in a number of meaningful charity events. I'm going to miss the team and the area a lot. The Thunder has a lot to look forward to in the future.”

Crull, 28, said her agent is exploring some attractive broadcasting opportunities but declined to name the companies involved.

Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president of communications and community relations, said the team is in the process of hiring a new sideline reporter.

A 2006 University of Missouri graduate, Crull joined the Thunder in August 2010 after spending the previous two years as a sports reporter for KOCO-5. She began her sportscasting career at WLFI-TV in West Lafayette, Ind.

Crull starred as a tennis player and point guard at Noblesville (Ind.) High School, and received a tennis scholarship at Missouri.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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