Doris Burke

Career Record:
  • 1990-active
  • Providence College

Doris Burke (born Doris Sable) is a TV analyst for NBA on ESPN and NBA on ABC games. She is also an analyst for WNBA games on MSG, and has worked on New York Knicks games. Burke was the first female commentator to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television.

She played college basketball for the Providence Friars, finishing her career as the school's leader in assists. During her senior year, Sable led the Big East Conference in assists. She was a second-team All-Big East player once and twice made the all-tourney team of the Big East Women's Basketball Tournament. As a senior in 1987 she was the college's Co-Female Athlete of the Year.

She left Providence as its all-time leader in assists and as of 2012 was still second in that career category. She was later inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 1999, the fifth woman so honored.

Burke began her broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for women's games for her alma mater on radio. That same year, she began working in the same role on Big East Women's games on television, and in 1996 she began working Big East men's games.

She has been a part of ESPN's coverage of the WNBA, and since 1997 has been the primary radio and television voice of the New York Liberty. In 2003, Burke was named to ESPN's top men's basketball team working with Dick Vitale on the men's games and working the sidelines for ESPN and ABC for their coverage of the NBA. In 2000, Burke became the first woman to be a commentator for a New York Knicks game on radio and on television; she is also the first woman to be a commentator for a Big East men's game, and the first woman to be the primary commentator on a men's college basketball conference package. Since 2009, she has served as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals for ABC Sports.

In 2010, she was featured as the new sideline reporter for 2K Sports's NBA 2K11 video game. She has appeared in each edition since, including the latest in the series, NBA 2K18.

In October 2013, Burke signed a multiyear contract extension to serve as an NBA commentator for ESPN. On November 13, Burke debuted on ESPN's NBA pre-game show "NBA Countdown", alongside analysts Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson.

In 2017 Doris Burke became a regular NBA game analyst for ESPN, becoming the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full regular-season role.

Honored for her pioneering work she was selected to enter Basketball Hall of Fame as the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner

  • Providence College Hall of Fame (1999)
  • USA Today Rudy Award as the Best New Face in Sports Television (2003)
  • Institute for International Sport's Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Honorary doctorate from Providence College (2005)
  • New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) North Providence Hall of Fame (2006)
  • NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (2012)
  • Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award (2018)
  • In 2000, Burke became the first woman to be a commentator for a New York Knicks game on radio and on television
  • She is also the first woman to be a commentator for a Big East men's game, and the first woman to be the primary commentator on a men's college basketball conference package.
  • In 2017 Doris Burke became a regular NBA game analyst for ESPN, becoming the first woman at the national level to be assigned a full regular-season role.

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