NBA TV Talent: Ahmad Rashad
Posted Nov 7 2006 11:43AM
Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is executive producer and host for NBA Entertainment-produced series and specials. He serves as host and executive producer for both the new NBA TV pregame show, Tuesday Night with Ahmad, and ABC’s NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad, which premiered in January 2006. Rashad has also hosted NBA TV: Live at the Finals since The 2003 Finals.
Prior to the creation of Tuesday Night with Ahmad and NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad, Rashad was host, executive producer and managing editor of the Emmy-nominated show NBA Inside Stuff for 16 seasons. He has also been part of the ESPN/ABC NBA team, providing lifestyle features and essays. Rashad was in-studio for ABC Sports' NBA halftime show and was co-host of the network’s NBA Finals’ pregame show in 2004 and 2005. Rashad’s work has appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter, NBA 2Night, NBA FastBreak and other studio programming. In 2003, he served as host for ABC’s top-rated reality shows, Celebrity Mole Hawaii and Celebrity Mole Yucatan.
Prior to his current duties, Rashad worked with NBC Sports where he joined the network as an NFL commentator and host for NBC’s Sports World in 1983. He soon extended his duties to include studio hosting, feature reporting, analysis and commentary for a variety of sports and events. In 2001 and 2002, Rashad was the studio host for the NBA on NBC’s pregame and halftime shows. From the beginning of NBC's coverage of the NBA in 1990, Rashad was a key contributor for the network as a courtside reporter, including work throughout the regular season, the All-Star Game, the playoffs and the Finals.
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Rashad served as a weekend host and late night correspondent. In 1992, he was one of the hosts of NBC's Olympic TripleCast from Barcelona, and in 1988, he served as a studio anchor during coverage of the Seoul Olympics. His efforts in Seoul earned him an Emmy for writing.
In addition to his Emmy win, Rashad has earned multiple Emmy nominations, including Edited Sports Special/Executive Producer (Soul of the Game), Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host (NBA Inside Stuff), Outstanding Sports Special (NBA Stay in School Special), Outstanding Edited Sports Series, Outstanding Feature, Outstanding Sports Personality Analyst (Commentary)/NBC and Outstanding Sports Personality/NBC.
After working on the NFL on NBC from 1983 to 1988 as a pregame host, Rashad moved to the booth in 1989 to serve as an analyst. In 1991, Rashad served as host of Notre Dame Saturday and anchored NBC Sports Update. Rashad also lent his talents as a commentator for various SportsWorld telecasts. In 1994, he was named the studio pregame host of the NFL on NBC, including Super Bowl coverage. Rashad continued his hosting duties through the 1997-98 season and Super Bowl XXXII.
Rashad also has served as the host of the nationally syndicated shows Real TV, a reality-based program and Entertainment Tonight (ET), as well as Later on NBC and the game show, Caesar’s Challenge.
A four-time Pro-Bowl selection for the Minnesota Vikings, Rashad was voted to the Vikings All-Time 25th Anniversary Team and, most recently, the 40th Anniversary Team. He is also the author of the best-seller Rashad: Vikes, Mikes and Something on the Backside. Rashad has also served as spokesman for the Lender Lead Solutions Mortgage Company's Educated Homeowner Network campaign. He is a board member of The Schwartzberg Companies, and is a consultant to the Sidney Frank Importing Company.
A graduate of the University of Oregon where he was a two-time All-America, Rashad was the 1995 recipient of the university's Pioneer Award, the highest honor given to an alumnus; and he serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Oregon. Rashad also holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Journalism from the University of Puget Sound.