Who is Sarah Kustok?
Sarah Grace Kustok was born on 17 December 1981, in Orland Park, Illinois, USA, and is a sports broadcast journalist, best known for her work with Fox Sports as well as the YES Network. She was the first female to become a full-time analyst covering the National Basketball Association (NBA), in local television broadcasts covering the Brooklyn Nets.
The Wealth of Sarah Kustok
As of mid-2020, Sarah Kustok’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career in sports broadcasting. She’s worked with numerous local and several national television networks during her career, and also has a history playing sports during her student years.
Early Life and Education
Sarah grew up in Orland Park, and at a young age showed a strong athletic inclination. She played numerous sports including basketball and volleyball, which she would continue to work on during high school. Her family was athletically inclined as well, and she was encouraged by her older brother who also pursued sporting endeavors. She was a member of her school’s sports teams, and after matriculating considered furthering her career as a potential professional basketball player.
She enrolled at the private DePaul University, located in Chicago, Illinois. The Roman Catholic university dates its history back to 1898 and its name is taken from Saint Vincent de Paul, the famous saint from France.
The school is known for its strong athletic teams, competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) under the name the Blue Demons. During her time in the university, she joined the women’s basketball team and helped them win several games. After graduating, her dream of professional basketball wasn’t realized, but she was determined to remain close to her love for the sport.
Kustok quickly found her way towards national sports broadcasting, as she was hired by Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) as an analyst as well as a sideline reporter. ESPN is one of the most recognized sports channels in the world, and also one of the most successful, despite some criticisms with its broadcasts.
The channel is available in numerous parts of the world, including Australia, Latin America and the United Kingdom. During her time there, she mainly covered college basketball and football games, as she was very familiar with it as she had just been involved in one. She also did coverage of a few high school American Football games.
Eventually, she moved from ESPN to begin working with Fox Sports, which is the sports division of the larger Fox Corporation. Fox Sports was created in the 1990s to help Fox gain coverage of major sports including professional hockey, professional baseball, NASCAR, big soccer events, and even professional wrestling.
As she worked there, she gained bigger opportunities, first entry into the NBA by covering the team the Chicago Bulls, which was very close to her home.
Rise to Prominence
From the NBA, Sarah found herself covering other Chicago-based teams such as the National Hockey League (NHL) team the Chicago Blackhawks, which have been known for being an historically winning team. She also covered the Major League Baseball (MLB) team the Chicago Cubs, and their counterpart, the Chicago White Sox. She’s also covered of games of the Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire. Most of her Chicago-based work was broadcast locally through Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Sarah worked for other local networks as well, and a part of her schedule was dedicated to the NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in Chicago, where she occasionally filled in as a sports anchor while also doing substitute anchoring duties for headline news when necessary. She has also done part-time and freelance work for the Fox-owned station WFLD-TV, as a host for the local program “College Sports Minute” which as the name denotes, covers the most notable sports news in the college circuit. Another big network she worked for was Versus, also known as NBCSN; at the time, Versus was still fully under NBC, and had coverage of other popular big sports events such as the Tour de France.
As her tenure grew, Sarah became more comfortable with her role, and her experience led her to bigger projects. She began covering the season of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), serving as the color commentator for home games of the Connecticut Sun. She also did work for the network, Fox Sports 1 or FS1, working as a contributor to the program “First Things First”, while also occasionally becoming a substitute anchor.
Her path towards promotion started when she began working closely with the Yankee Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network.
Master of ceremonies Sarah Kustok, Brooklyn Nets Reporter, YES Network, starts the 2014 B'nai B'rith International…
The regional network is known for its coverage of various New York-based sports teams, such as the New York Liberty, New York City FC, New York Yankees, and the Brooklyn Nets. She became the successor to Michelle Beadle, as the sideline reporter covering the Brooklyn Nets. The team was previously known as the New Jersey Nets from the 1970s up to 2012, winning a couple of Eastern Conference championships in the process; she contributed to the “Nets Magazine” as well. After a few years, she was promoted to becoming a television analyst, the first female to achieve so. This also led her to be named as the NBA”s first female solo analyst.
Sarah is single. and hasn’t shown any sign of romances in her life, past or present. She remains very passionate about professional basketball, especially the NBA. Even with most of the world under lockdown or quarantine due to the coronavirus, she remains working, often doing broadcasts from home to help her make her regular appearances on television.
In recent months, she’s been giving a tribute to her late mother. Her mother passed away in 2010, after she was killed by Sarah’s father, shot while she was sleeping in their home. After four years and a long investigation, her father was put to trial and Sarah even appeared before the jury to testify that her father was innocent. However, all evidence pointed to the fact that her father committed the crime, and he was sentenced to 60 years in prison.