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MIKE BREEN

Topics

Basketball/NBA
Career Journey
Sports Media

NBA Play-by-Play Commentator
Inductee, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Veteran NBA play-caller Mike Breen who joined ESPN in 2003,  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 14 times heading into the 2020-21 season.

Breen is also the lead play-by-play announcer for New York Knicks telecasts on MSG Network alongside courtside partner, Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier. The duo first started calling Knicks games together on the radio in 1991 and have been part of MSG Network’s telecasts since 1998.

Breen has done NFL play-by-play for NBC and FOX and covered the WNBA at NBC, as well as men’s and women’s basketball at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Breen is the recipient of the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award. In 1998, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Breen “Broadcaster of the Year” in his native state of New York.

A Fordham University graduate, Breen began his career in radio at WEOK/WPDH in Poughkeepsie, NY.  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.

Mike and his wife Rosanne live on Long Island and have three children.

In the news

Bang! Breen Among Media Members Honored By Hall of Fame

Announcer Mike Breen received the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award during the Class of 2020 Tip-Off Celebration and Awards Gala.