Fox Sports Southwest reporter Lesley McCaslin has been hired as the Oklahoma City Thunder's new courtside/web reporter and host for game broadcasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma, the team announced today. She replaces Kelly Crull, who left the team after two seasons to pursue other broadcast opportunities.
McCaslin has has worked as an anchor and reporter on Fox Sports Southwest, covering the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas Rangers, and Big 12 and Conference USA football. Her career also includes Texas high school football broadcasts and local TV sports reporting in Austin, Texas, and Abilene, Texas. She grew up in west Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
“We are thrilled to have Lesley join the Thunder broadcast team,” said Dan Mahoney, vice president of corporate communications, in a news release. “She is an experienced professional with a great knowledge of and passion for the game of basketball. She will offer our viewers and web visitors valuable insight into Thunder Basketball.”
As host and courtside/web reporter, McCaslin will anchor the team's pregame show “Thunder Live,” provide courtside reports during the game broadcasts and be a frequent video contributor to the team website, thunder.nba.com, covering Thunder basketball and community events. She also will host the weekly “Thunder Insider” show, which appears on FSOK, thunder.nba.com, NewsOK.com and TheSportsAnimal.com.
“I am very excited to be joining a quality organization as respected as the Thunder,” McCaslin said in the news release. “I love the team's commitment to the community and strong family atmosphere. I look forward to being in Oklahoma City, covering the Thunder and continuing my relationship with Fox.”
McCaslin will make her debut on the Thunder's preseason lone telecast against Dallas at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Wichita, Kan.
Also added to the Thunder broadcast team for the 2012-13 season is Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, who will serve as in-studio analyst. Lieberman will join FSOK anchors to provide pregame, halftime and postgame analysis.
Returning to the Thunder broadcast team are TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis and analyst Grant Long and radio announcer Matt Pinto.
FSOK's broadcasts of 70 Thunder games during the 2012-13 regular season can be seen on cable and satellite outlets throughout Oklahoma and portions of Kansas and Arkansas, reaching up to 1.7 million viewers.