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The 10th annual induction class of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame will feature some big-name on-air personalities in addition to the usual behind-the-scenes execs.

Craig Sager, Robin Roberts, Verne Lundquist and Tim McCarver will all be inducted in a ceremony on December 13 in New York City. Other inductees include former CBS Sports president Sean McManus, trail-blazing Fox Sports executive Andrea Barry. former MSG president Joe Cohen, golf broadcasting pioneer Bob Mikkelson, Fox baseball director Bill Webb and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.

Kudos to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame for honoring Sager, a thoroughly deserving sideline reporter who is in the midst of intensive treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.

Roberts, who overcame her own health scare back in 2012, is an almost universally beloved broadcaster who has successfully made the jump from SportsCenter to Good Morning America.

Lundquist has called play-by-play on national TV for more than 40 years, mostly for CBS and still works on golf and college sports broadcasts.

McCarver became baseball’s most famous color commentator after retiring from the Major Leagues in 1980, calling 28 consecutive MLB postseasons, including 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games.

In terms of big names, this could be the most stacked Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame since the 11-member inaugural class in 2007, which featured Howard Cosell, Roone Arledge, Jim McKay, Pete Rozelle and Ed Sabol, among others.

The 2016 class, which you can read more about here, is the most diverse in the organization’s 10 year history. Roberts and Barry join NEP Broadcasting CEO Deb Honkus as the only women in the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and Roberts is also the first black inductee.

The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame is a 10-year-old creation of Sports Video Group, designed to recognize people who made a difference in sports broadcasting, whether on air, on set or in board rooms.

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