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NBA Analyst Doris Burke Agrees to Multi-Year Extension With ESPN

“Her passion for the craft combined with her ability to connect and build trust with the audience is as good as anyone in the business.”

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ESPN is making sure analyst Doris Burke is a part of its NBA coverage for years to come.

On Tuesday, the network announced that Burke had agreed to a multi-year extension which will keep her on top NBA broadcasts for ESPN and ABC during the regular season and playoffs. Often paired with Mark Jones or Ryan Ruocco on play-by-play, Burke is the first woman to be a full-time national NBA game analyst for a network.

Additionally, Burke will continue as the color commentator for the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio, a role she’s had since 2020.

“Doris is recognized and admired across the media industry and in the NBA for her ability to educate, inform, entertain, and teach the game,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Tim Corrigan.

“Her passion for the craft combined with her ability to connect and build trust with the audience is as good as anyone in the business. Doris is a star and we are thrilled to continue with her trailblazing career.”

Burke has covered basketball for ESPN since 1991, beginning with broadcasting WNBA and women’s college basketball telecasts before moving to men’s college basketball. She became part of the network’s NBA coverage for the 2003-04 season, working as a sideline reporter before moving to color commentary and analysis on NBA Countdown. Burke has been in her current role as game analyst since the 2017-18 season.

In 2018, Burke was honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Burke was a star at Providence College, where she finished her career as the school’s single-season leader in assists and free throws (with which she also held the program’s career record). She was an assistant coach for the Friars for two seasons before moving to the broadcast booth, where she called Providence games on radio.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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