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Published October 11, 2013
BURKE MAKES HISTORY: SI.com's Richard Deitsch noted Burke will become the "first woman to serve as a regularly-appearing analyst for a national NBA studio show" when she begins her "NBA Countdown" stint. She will make her debut on Nov. 13. Her new assignment is "timed with her signing a multiyear contract extension with ESPN." When Burke is on "NBA Countdown," she will "navigate most of the ins and outs from commercial breaks." ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer Mark Gross said that Burke's role will be a "hybrid between analyst and host." Deitsch noted Burke will "continue to serve as an NBA game and studio analyst and sideline reporter, as well as an NCAA men's and women's basketball analyst" (SI.com, 10/10).