In the world of sports, it’s typically the athletes that move from one team to another, but as we near the start of the NBA season, there’s going to be new faces in new places, but not necessarily new names.
Olivier Sedra, who has been the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Q for the past 11 years is moving on to the Brooklyn Nets to fill an opening left by David Diamante to left the team over the summer.
Judging by the news out of Brooklyn, Olivier looks like he’ll be responsible for more than just basketball at Barclays Center and we wonder if this isn’t a push to try to find a voice of a building rather than a team.
“Olivier’s booming voice, impeccable timing, and high basketball IQ will be a great addition to the game experience at Barclays Center,” said Brett Yormark, Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “His knowledge and passion will also help us elevate our other programming, including college basketball, boxing, and special events.”
The move comes on the heels of long-time Indiana Pacers P. A. announcer Michael Grady also moving to New York, though he’ll be taking a position with the YES Network as a sideline reporter.
This move for Sedra, along with an announcement leaked earlier this summer in Cleveland Monsters P. A. announcer Ryan Pritt not returning, means the Q will have some fresh voices this winter.