NBA broadcaster and analyst Doris Burke signed a multiyear extension with ESPN, according to Ben Cafardo of ESPN MediaZone.
In a statement, Burke said:
"It is hard to put into words how grateful I am to continue my career with ESPN. I've loved basketball my entire life and to be able to cover this sport is a privilege that I don't take for granted. My love for the game, and for my colleagues, both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes, make this job such a rewarding experience every day."
Plenty of people on social media were happy to see Burke sign the extension:
Richard Deitsch @richarddeitsch
What I hope ESPN does -- even though it's not in her contract -- is to assign Doris Burke to the analyst seat for one game during next year's NBA Finals & make Jackson/Van Gundy the sideline analyst. Not only has Burke earned that platform, ESPN would get great pub for the move. https://t.co/SH63fPvgfy
AND big congrats to Doris Burke (@heydb) who has reached a multi-year extension with ESPN to cont as an NBA game analyst! Her hustle, love for the game and for her colleagues both on/off camera is something special to witness and experience! https://t.co/EbCZOzGWUB https://t.co/C9yotz9dLA
Burke started covering basketball for ESPN in 1991, serving as a full-time in-game analyst for the 2017-18 NBA season, a first among female broadcasters. She's also been a sideline reporter during the Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals this postseason.
In her career, she's served as an analyst and in-game reporter for the NBA, WNBA and men's and women's college basketball.
Said ESPN executive vice president of content Connor Schell:
"Doris is exceptional at what she does. Her ability, knowledge, passion and versatility are virtually unmatched and it's evident every time she calls a game. She is dedicated to documenting the sport for the fans in the most prepared and informed manner possible. Our NBA coverage is better because of Doris and we're thrilled that she'll be with us for a long time to come."