ESPN and basketball analyst Doris Burke have agreed to a multi-year contract extension.
Burke will continue to play a key role in ESPN’s NBA and college basketball coverage. Burke will also join the Wednesday editions of NBA Countdown alongside analysts Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson. She will make her Countdown debut on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“This next chapter in my ESPN journey is going to be exciting, challenging and most of all, rewarding.” said Burke. “Working on NBA Countdown offers me a chance to do everything I love – I get to talk basketball with my colleagues while hopefully facilitating some great discussion on NBA’s top storylines.”
“We’re thrilled that Doris will continue to be a leading voice for both our NBA and college basketball coverage.” said Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. “She exhibits her passion for the sport everyday through her exemplary work. This new NBA Countdown role will allow Doris to provide her veteran insights, while also reporting news – two things that she does at the highest level.”
We begin the show by looking back at the events this week where an Atlanta sports talk morning show crossed the line in producing a skit featuring former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS. The trio were fired as a result of their poor judgement.
We move to the NBA Finals as we all give our thoughts of the coverage thus far on the part of ESPN and ABC. We also delve into the chess match that has been playing out each game between sideline reporter Doris Burke and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
We then move to NFL news; namely the announcement that the Cincinnati Bengals will once again be spotlighted on HBO’s Hard Knocks and the news that former NFL executive Scott Pioli will be joining the cast of NBC’s Football Night in America.
We wrap the show looking at the NHL Stanley Cup Finals; the viewership success for NBC and the NBC Sports Network as well as the local media reaction in both Chicago and Boston to the success of the Blackhawks and Bruins.