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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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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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