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Doris Burke is a TV analyst for NBA for ESPN and ABC. Burke was the first female commentator to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television and is one of the very few females to be holding such a top position for the NBA. In 2018, winning the Curt Gowdy Award, she is set to enter the coveted Basketball Hall of Fame for her services for the sport.
Burke was born on November 24, 1965, in West Islip, New York. She is the youngest among eight children. From a young age, she loved playing sports in general and not just basketball. Growing up she admired players like Kyle Macy and Kelly Tripucka playing basketball. She studied at Manasquan High School and played as a point guard there.
Being from a large family, it was hard for her family to be able to afford a college education. Thankfully, she was able to get a scholarship at Providence College where she became a member of the Providence Friars women’s basketball team. When she was a senior in the year 1987, she was the Co-Female Athlete of the Year.
Her time at college was very fruitful as she managed to be its all-time leader in terms of assists and got inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame. She got her bachelor’s degree there in health service administration/social work, being the first in her family to graduate.
One dark moment in her childhood was witnessing the death of one of his brother named Danny. Back when she was in her sophomore year in high school, his brother was killed whilst working at a gas station. She recalls this time to be one of the toughest in her life.
Though her studies was not meant for a career in broadcasting, Burke was actually a pretty good fit for the role as she loved sports and had a great personality. Her career officially began in 1990 as an analyst for women’s games for her alma mater on radio. By 1996, she had began to cover the Big East Men’s games, which shows the progress she was making.
1997 was a big year for her as she began to be a part of ESPN, who would be her long-term Employer. After covering the WNBA, she also started to work for ABC. In 2000, Burke became the first woman to be a commentator for a New York Knicks game on radio and on television.
Over the years, with the experience that she had in her portfolio, she started to be a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals for ABC Sports. She has been a sideline reported in every edition of the NBA video game since NBA 2K11, which shows how much popularity she has gained for this position.
Citing, the impact and significance that Burke had, ESPN offered her a lucrative multiyear contract extension as a NBA commentator. 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.
Doris Burke Net Worth
As of 2018, it is estimated that she has a net worth of $6 million. NBA grosses billions of dollars every year and Burke being a part of presenting these games and being a voice for the fans has helped to make a great living through it. Though the details about how much money she actually makes every year, we estimate that it is easily a seven digit number.
There is very little supply of woman with sufficient knowledge and performance skills to be a basketball analyst and a very high lucrative demand. Being one of these gems, ESPN has definitely retained Burke with a superb contract.
Doris Burke was formerly married to Gregg Burke in 1989 but they have gone their separate ways since then. The superstar rapper drake is a big fan of Burke and has praised her several times being a big basketball fan himself. He once even wore a hoodie with her face saying “Woman Crush Everyday”.
Burke has had a very successful career earning great money as well as receiving fame. In the spring of 2004, she was honored with induction into the Institute for International Sport’s Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame.