Doris Burke, ESPN Agree to Multiyear Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to TV personality Doris Burke after defeating the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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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:

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

🐐alert: Doris Burke just signed a contract extension with ESPN. Congrats to @heydb and (really) congrats to all of us who get to watch and listen to her. https://t.co/WtSoEtJPmR

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

jamesmiller @JimMiller

When good things happen to talented people. Lucky @espn. RT: ESPN Reaches Multi-Year Extension with NBA Game Analyst Doris Burke https://t.co/lwD3HFa88q

Royce Young @royceyoung

Also congrats to us for getting to watch games where Doris Burke calls them. https://t.co/Hk9nwnR5zj

Gianina @giaplusnina

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."


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