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Doris Burke catches Lakers coach Phil Jackson for a question before the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s NBA Western Conference finals at Staples Center.
Get used to Doris Burke. Doing sidelines on the ESPN and ABC coverage of the Western Conference finals, she’ll also join the Mike Breen-Jeff Van Gundy-Mark Jackson team when the network airs the NBA Finals starting early next month. She was already a game analyst on a Lakers-Jazz first-round contest, and has been doing NBA calls for the last couple of years.
And get used to Jeanne Zelasko. Her first gig as a play-by-play voice for the Dodgers was Wednesday night from the Vin Scully Press Box, when the Dodgers put her with former player Mark Sweeney to cover the contest against the Mets as part of the team’s WIN program, giving women a stronger voice in the sports community.
Both take their jobs seriously, but also realize that if they’re not having fun doing the broadcast, the audience won’t either. So we’ll see how both approach their jobs in Friday’s media column.
Some other required reading about Burke from national media sources over the last few years, mostly about how and why it’s tough for a female to make a mark in the man’s TV sports world:
== Her ESPN bio (linked here)
== A piece on her a couple of weeks ago by the Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn (linked here)
== A piece on her last year by the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir (linked here)
== A piece on her in 2004 by USA Today’s Michael Heistand (linked here)
== Why are some guys not able to handle the voice of a woman doing “their” games, wonders Deadspin.com’s Drew Magary ? (linked here)
And if you missed Zelasko’s debut, listen to the archived replay at dodgers.com/win (linked here).