Kelly Crull
Kelly Ann Crull

(1984-02-16) February 16, 1984 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of Missouri (BA)
Occupation(s)Sportscaster, television personality
Years active2006–present
EmployerBally Sports South

Kelly Ann Crull (born February 16, 1984) is an American sportscaster and television personality, who has been a digital and on-air contributor for the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs,[1] Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Hawks. She has also worked for Fox Sports and NBC Sports Chicago.

Early life

Crull is a native of Noblesville, Indiana,[1] and attended Noblesville High School, where she played tennis and basketball.[2][3] By her junior year, she realized that she was unlikely to play tennis professionally, but wanted to remain involved in sports. Being talkative and outgoing, she decided to pursue a career in sportscasting.[4]


Crull earned a tennis scholarship to attend the University of Missouri, where she studied broadcast journalism.[3] As part of her undergraduate experience, she worked for Columbia, Missouri NBC affiliate KOMU-TV, and she also had internships or did work for ESPN, the CBS News Bureau in London and Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR-TV.[3] Crull graduated in 2006 and began her professional career at Lafayette, Indiana CBS affiliate WLFI-TV,[3] where she covered the Purdue Boilermakers, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Indianapolis 500.[5]

In August 2008, she moved on to Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO,[3] where she served as the weekend sports anchor and a weekday sports reporter.[6] She also covered the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys.[5] Then, she became a sideline reporter for the Oklahoma City Thunder for two seasons from 2010 to 2012.[2] In addition to serving as the Thunder sideline reporter for the Fox Sports Network, she was host of the Thunder's pre-game show and weekly "Thunder Insider" show.[6]

She joined Fox Sports San Diego in February 2013,[7] serving as a beat reporter and hosting the "Padres Weekly" show.[6][8] She also served as the backup sideline reporter (to primary sideline reporter Laura Rutledge) for the San Diego Padres.[9][10][11] While a reporter for Fox, it became a tradition to drench Crull with gallons of liquid when the Padres had a walk-off victory.[12][13]

Following the 2013 MLB season, she joined NBC Sports Chicago.[6] In Chicago, she served as the Chicago Cubs beat reporter.[1] She covered the Chicago Cubs World Series run in 2016.[1] In February 2018, she co-hosted the sports trivia show Beer Money for its 100th episode.[14] For the 2018-19 season, Crull served as the Chicago Bulls sideline reporter for the network.[15] In 2020, Crull joined Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast to cover the Atlanta Braves.[16] In 2022, Crull worked as a field reporter for Major League Baseball on TBS.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d Eckstein, Brian (2017-04-11). "Noblesville's Kelly Crull covers the story of a lifetime in Cubs World Series win". WISH. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  2. ^ a b Bracht, Mel (July 26, 2012). "Kelly Crull will not return as OKC Thunder sideline reporter". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Bracht, Mel (July 12, 2010). "OKC Thunder hires KOCO's Kelly Crull to be sideline reporter". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Lauch, Sarah (March 4, 2017). "CHICAGO: Kelly Crull - Cubs reporter on achieving goals and adjusting along the way" (Podcast). Tomboy. CSN. Event occurs at 1:17.
  5. ^ a b "Thunder Hires Kelly Crull to Join Broadcasting Team". July 12, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "Comcast SportsNet adds Kelly Crull to talent roster". October 9, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Fox Sports San Diego announces New On-Air talent". SB Nation. February 7, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "FOX Sports SD introduces new on-air talent". FOX Sports. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  9. ^ Bracht, Mel (February 7, 2013). "Former Thunder sideline reporter Kelly Crull has been hired by Fox Sports San Diego". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Comcast SportsNet adds Kelly Crull to talent roster". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ "Notebook: WGN 87.7 The Game, Kelly Crull, CSN Spring Training, Northwestern Social Media". Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  12. ^ "Fox reporter Kelly Crull gets drenched again". Gaslamp Ball. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  13. ^ "Kelly Crull celebrates a Padres walk-off win!". Gaslamp Ball. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  14. ^ Thompson, Phil. "Luke Stuckmeyer and Kelly Crull try to stump 'Beer Money' all-stars in 100th episode". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  15. ^ Allardyce, Michael (October 22, 2018). "Kelly Crull talks about covering the Bulls with Laurence Holmes". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  16. ^ Tim Tucker. "Former Cubs broadcaster named to replace Kelsey Wingert on Braves TV". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  17. ^ Lucia, Joe (May 31, 2022). "Your MLB announcing schedule for 5/31-6/6". Awful Announcing.