Doris Burke began her broadcasting career in 1990. A pioneer in the industry, Burke worked her first NBA game as a color analyst on radio and TV in 2000. This week, her resume will expand as ESPN is set to announce Burke as a regular NBA game analyst for the network.
Burke will fill the void left by Doug Collins as a color analyst for ESPN on national regular season and playoff broadcasts. She will also keep her role as ESPN’s lead sideline reporter for the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals, a title she’s held since 2009.
Burke will be the first female to have a regular analyst position at the national level, but female broadcasters are becoming more common in the NBA. Last week, the YES Network announced Sarah Kustok as their primary game analyst, moving from her job as courtside reporter for the past five seasons. Stephanie Ready has been a full-time analyst for the Charlotte Hornets since 2015 and Ann Meyers Drysdale is currently part of the Phoenix Suns broadcast team. Meyers was the first woman to work as a color analyst in the NBA, beginning with the Pacers.
Via SI, Burke said the following regarding her new position:
“The NBA, and more importantly, the entire sport of basketball, has always been an inclusive environment. To me, whether we are talking about the players, coaches, team management or anyone involved with the sport, it is about your game so to speak. Do you have the work habits and skills to be successful? I believe if the players and coaches respect my viewpoint of the game, then fans will as well. And full credit there goes to the NBA and to ESPN. They are willing to put people like me in a position to do this. It’s pretty cool to have a greater role and the chance to continue to cover a sport that I love with the best players and coaches in the world.”
In a field dominated by men, Doris Burke is a well-respected NBA analyst continuing to break ground and pave the way for other qualified females.