Doris Burke

Doris Burke

Doris Burke
Born Doris Sable
(1965-01-04) January 4, 1965
West Islip, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Providence College
Occupation Television sports reporter, color analyst
Years active 1988 - present
Spouse(s) Gregg Burke (Divorced)
Children 2

Doris Burke (born Doris Sable on January 4, 1965) is a sideline reporter and color analyst for ESPN college basketball, as well as NBA on ESPN and NBA on ABC games. Burke handles both men's and women's basketball at the college and pro level. She is primarily an analyst on Big East games for men's college basketball, often teaming with Mike Patrick or Dave O'Brien. She is also an analyst for WNBA games on MSG, and has worked on New York Knicks games. She was the first female analyst to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television.[1]

Early years

Born in West Islip, New York and raised in Manasquan, New Jersey,[2][3] Doris Sable was the youngest of eight children. She started playing basketball in the second grade.[3] Her basketball idols growing up were Kyle Macy and Kelly Tripucka.[4]

She played as a point guard at Manasquan High School.[4] She was recruited by several eastern colleges.[4]

Collegiate athlete

She attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] Sable was a member of the Providence Friars women's basketball team, again as a point guard. There she was known as a tough-minded player.[4]

During her senior year, Sable led the Big East Conference in assists.[4] She was a second-team All-Big East player once and twice made the all-tourney team of the Big East Women's Basketball Tournament.[3] As a senior in 1987[4] she was the college's Co-Female Athlete of the Year.[3]

She left Providence as its all-time leader in assists[4] and as of 2012 was still second in that career category.[3] She was later inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame[3] in 1999, the fifth woman so honored.

At Providence, Sable earned a bachelor's degree in health service administration/social work and later a master's in Education.[2]

Marriage and family

Sable married Gregg Burke in 1989.[4] The couple had two children, born around 1993 and 1995.[4][3]

She and her husband were subsequently divorced.[3]

Broadcasting career

Burke began her broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for women's games for her alma mater on radio. That same year, she began working in the same role on Big East Women's games on television, and in 1996 she began working Big East men's games. She has been the lead analyst for ESPN's coverage of the WNBA, and since 1997 has been the primary radio and television voice of the New York Liberty. In 2003, Burke was named to ESPN's top men's basketball team working with Dick Vitale on the men's games and working the sidelines for ESPN and ABC for their coverage of the NBA. In 2000, Burke became the first woman to be a color analyst for a New York Knicks game on radio and on television; she is also the first woman to be an analyst for a Big East men's game, and the first woman to be the primary analyst on a men's college basketball conference package.[1][2] Since 2009, she has served as a sideline reporter for the NBA Finals for ABC Sports.

In 2010 she was featured as the new sideline reporter for 2K Sports's NBA 2K11 video game.[5] She has appeared in each edition, including the latest in the series NBA 2K15.

In October 2013, Burke signed a multiyear contract extension to serve as an NBA commentator for ESPN.[6] On November 13, Burke debuted on ESPN's NBA pre-game show "Kia NBA Countdown," alongside analysts Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson.


  • Dan Shullman
  • Dave O'Brien
  • Mike Breen
  • Holly Rowe
  • Jay Bilas
  • Bill Raftery
  • Jeff Van Gundy
  • Sean McDonough
  • Mark Jackson
  • Mike Tirico
  • Dave Pasch

Awards and honors

In 1999, Burke was inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame. In 2003, she received from USA Today a Rudy Award as the Best New Face in Sports Television.[1] In the spring of 2004, she was honored with induction into the Institute for International Sport's Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame, and in the spring of 2005 Providence College awarded her with an honorary doctorate degree. In October 2006, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.[2] Also in 2006, she became a member of the North Providence Hall of Fame. In January 2012 she received the Silver Anniversary Award in recognition of her myriad athletic and professional accomplishments from the NCAA. In 2012 she called the Big East tournament and was a reporter during the championship game.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Notable Alumni: Doris Burke". Providence College. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Doris Burke: Basketball Analyst & Reporter". ESPN Media Zone. April 8, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Ryan, Bob. "She knows whereof she speaks", The Boston Globe, March 1, 2012. Accessed August 10, 2012. "Little Doris Sable grew up in Manasquan, N.J., dreaming of playing in the NBA. How much of her male audience can’t relate to that?"
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Riley, Lori (March 3, 2002). "In The Men's World".  
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  6. ^ Diane, Pucin. "ESPN's Doris Burke gets contract extension". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
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  8. ^ "Kevin Johnson, David Robinson, Doris Burke among NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners". Washington Post. January 13, 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

External links

  • ESPN biography
  • Interview with Sports Business Daily