Doris Burke and Doc Rivers named to ESPN and ABC top NBA crew

Doris Burke would become the first woman to serve as a television game analyst for the championship finals in one of the four major professional American sports leagues.

ESPN announced Monday that Burke and Doc Rivers will join Mike Breen on ESPN and ABC's top NBA broadcast teams.

This is a pioneering step. You are absolutely right. But the only way for any leader to be successful, whether African American or female or whoever, is based on results and their performance.

Doris Burke's performance and results are unprecedented and unmatched in this industry ”said David Roberts, ESPN's head of studio and event production.

Burke, who joined ESPN in 1990, has been an analyst on the network's NBA games since 2017.

He called the last four Finals on ESPN Radio after being a sideline reporter for ABC's coverage of the Finals from 2009–19.

Rivers, fired as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, called games on ESPN during the 2003–04 season, as well as the 2004 Finals on ABC.