NBA Play-by-Play Commentator
Veteran NBA play-caller Mike Breen is the lead voice for the NBA on ESPN and ABC, including the NBA Finals and NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC. Breen has called the NBA’s premiere event a record-setting 17 times heading into the 2022-23 season. He joined ESPN’s NBA team in October 2003 and works primarily with Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy on ESPN and ABC. Breen was the recipient of the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award.
Breen joined ESPN with 12 seasons of NBA play-by-play on his resume, having worked national telecasts for NBC and the Knicks for New York’s Madison Square Garden’s television and radio networks. Breen has also done NFL play-by-play for NBC and FOX. Also, Breen covered the WNBA at NBC, as well as men’s and women’s basketball at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
In 1998, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Breen “Broadcaster of the Year” in his native state of New York. He would go on to receive the “Vin Scully Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting” from his Alma mater, Fordham University, in 2022. Breen began his career in radio at WEOK/WPDH in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He worked in local radio and television in the New York area, including WNBC-AM, SportsChannel, MSG and, most prominently, on Imus in the Morning on WFAN-AM and simulcast on MSNBC.
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