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ESPN colleagues hail Doris Burke, who extends pact with ESPN

(Illustration: Mike Skarka; photos by ESPN Images)

ESPN today announced it has reached a multi-year extension with NBA game analyst Doris Burke.

Since 1991, Burke has been contributing to ESPN’s basketball coverage across categories, including the NBA, WNBA, women’s college basketball and men’s college basketball. She is widely regarded as one of the best broadcasters in sports, and this year was a recipient of the prestigious Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award.

Here is reaction from her long-standing broadcast colleagues including commentators Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and senior coordinating producer Tim Corrigan. Collectively, they’ve worked a record nine NBA Finals on ABC together.

Mike Breen: “I don’t know if I’ve ever met anyone who loves the game of basketball more than Doris. I think that’s one of the main reasons why we love working with her, and why the fans love listening to her. That love of basketball always shines through.”

Jeff Van Gundy: “Doris is a pioneer and I am so happy for all of her success.”

Mark Jackson: “Congratulations to DB. It is well-deserved. I am truly honored to witness her greatness up close!”

Tim Corrigan: “I’m thrilled for Doris. Her talent, commitment, passion and knowledge for the sport of basketball elevates our NBA coverage.”