Multiple Emmy Award winner Sarah Kustok, YES' primary Brooklyn Nets game analyst, joined the network in 2012 after spending three years with NBC Sports Chicago as a reporter and anchor. The 2017-18 NBA season marked Kustok's first as YES' primary game analyst after spending the previous five seasons as the network's Nets courtside reporter.
She had worked one Nets game on YES as an analyst in March 2015 and was an analyst on a number of YES' Nets games the next two seasons before assuming the primary game analyst role full-time in 2017.
In 2021, Kustok won her second straight New York Emmy Award for Sports Analyst; she is the only woman to ever win that award in New York. Her Nets broadcast partner Ian Eagle also won 2020 and 2021 New York Emmy Awards, for Play-by-Play, making them the only broadcast team to win New York Emmys for Play-by-Play and Analyst in the same year, and they've done it two years in a row.
The YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country 17 of the last 19 years, is the exclusive regional television home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets, 2021 MLS Cup Champions New York City FC and WNBA's New York Liberty. The network has won 134 New York Emmy Awards since its 2002 launch.
Kustok has earned five New York Emmys for her YES work. In addition, she was nominated for individual Emmy Awards in 2017 and 2018 while she was YES' Nets courtside reporter, along with her 2020 Best Analyst nomination. In 2020, Kustok was named to Cynopsis Media's "Top Women in Sports" list, which recognizes top women in media. She was named in the "Game Changing On Air Talent" category.
In addition to her YES work, Kustok is a regular contributor to FOX Sports 1's First Things First morning show as an NBA analyst. She is also an analyst on FS1's Men's Big East regular season telecasts. Kustok works as a sideline reporter for the NFL on FOX and has been a game analyst for FOX Sports' coverage of the Jr. NBA World Championship in its first two years - 2018 and 2019. At the start of 2019, Kustok joined Sirius XM NBA Radio as an analyst. She also is a host of the monthly We Need To Talk show on CBS Sports Network.
Kustok was the analyst on Connecticut Sun WNBA telecasts during the 2017 and 2018 seasons and provided game analysis on NBA G-League Finals telecasts from 2016-18. During the 2018 NBA Playoffs she served as a game analyst for Turner's Virtual Reality coverage through the Western Conference Finals.
Kustok joined NBC Sports Chicago in 2009. During her time there, Kustok covered the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Blackhawks as the network's reporter. She also anchored sportscasts on WMAQ-TV (NBC) in Chicago. Prior to joining NBC Sports Chicago, Kustok worked as an analyst and sideline reporter with ESPN and appeared on Versus (now NBC Sports Network).
A 2004 Communications graduate of DePaul, Kustok was a standout on the Blue Demons women's basketball team which reached the NCAA tournament in 2003 and 2004. She was captain both of those seasons, and the team was ranked in the Top 25 each season. She currently ranks fourth at the school in career three-point field goal percentage, and during the 2003 season she led the country in three-point field goal percentage and posted the third-highest single-season three-point field goal percentage in program history.
In November 2018, Kustok was inducted into her alma mater Carl Sandburg High School's (Orland Park, Ill.) Athletic Hall of Fame, and she was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Kustok was also inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2021.
Kustok was an assistant women's basketball coach at DePaul during the 2005-2006 season, helping the team to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history. She received a Master's Degree in Corporate & Multicultural Communication from DePaul.