Rashan Ali's unique perspective and knowledge of sports has allowed her to rapidly establish herself as a formidable and credible source in collegiate and professional sports. Ali functioned as a Sports Reporter while at HOT 107.9 FM in Atlanta and was invited to become a sideline reporter for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, which she did for four years. In 2009, Ali joined an elite group when she became one of few African American women providing sports commentary on a national scale as a reporter for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl Preview Show, which aired on ESPN 2 and ESPN U. She continued to make her mark in the sports industry as the Social Media Correspondent during the 2010 & 2011 NBA Playoffs on NBA TV's NBA Gametime Live, where she worked with respected analysts like Eric Snow and Chris Webber. In 2011, Ali was active on the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) football Classic circuit providing live reporting from the inaugural Nation's Classic, which featured Howard University vs. Morehouse College in Washington, DC and the Atlanta Football Classic, which featured Southern University against her alma mater Florida A&M University. During that time she was also a Sideline Reporter for Southern Conference (SoCon) Football and ended 2011 with a bang by reporting again for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl.
"NBA TV is a wonderful network, so I am excited to come back this year in an expanded capacity working with Rick and Dennis," said Ali. "The fans have a lot of colorful social media commentary this NBA Season, and I love serving as the conduit between them and our international audience, which makes for some lively discussions."
In addition to her career as a sports commentator, Ali is also the Founder of Sporty Girls, Inc., an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that exposes girls ages 8 - 18 to non-traditional sports like golf, soccer, tennis and swimming to help them improve social skills and academic performance while increasing their chances for collegiate scholarships.
Fantasy Insider airs live on NBA.com on Mondays from noon - 1 pm (EST) and re-airs on NBA TV at 5 pm (EST). Rashan will make her debut on the show today, January 30, during both broadcasts. NBA TV has millions of domestic subscribers across all major cable and satellite providers and can be viewed in more than 40 countries.
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