He’s got the voice, the knowledge and the experience.
That’s why Mike Breen is the lead play-by-play analyst for ABC’s coverage of the NBA.
The 54-year-old will handle those duties when the NBA Finals tip off Thursday night.
Breen, who experience includes more than just basketball, will team with Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke to call the entire series for ABC.
Here’s what you need to know about Breen:
1. Breen Joined ESPN In 2003
Breen joined ESPN’s NBA family in October 2003.
In recent years, he has mostly worked with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for ESPN and ABC games.
The trio will call the 2015 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers.
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2. He Had 12 Years of NBA Broadcasting Experience on His Resume
Prior to joining ESPN/ABC, Breen had a dozen years of basketball announcing experience.
He worked national NBA and WNBA games for NBC until 2002, when the network stopped coverage.
Breen was also the Knicks radio announcer on WFAN from 1992-97, then was promoted to his TV role on the MSG Network to replace Marv Albert, who fired due to his rather infamous sex scandal.
3. Breen Was the NYS Sportscaster of the Year In 1998
In 1998, Breen was named the New York State “Broadcaster of the Year” by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
At the time, he was working with MSG, calling play-by-play for the Knicks.
Breen was also working for WFAN, doing sports segments for the station and for “Imus in the Morning.”
4. He Has Called 5 Olympic Games & NFL
While basketball is Breen’s bread and butter, he’s a well-rounder sportscaster.
He has called 5 Olympic Games – 4 summer (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008) and 1 winter (2002).
For the summer games, Breen called men’s and women’s basketball. In winter, he was on ski jumping.
Breen also called NFL games for FOX and NBC and was once the New York Giants’ preseason play-by-play announcer.
5. Breen Is a New York Native
Breen was born in New York City and graduated from local Fordham University in 1983.
He is married to wife Rosanne and the couple has 3 children – sons Michael and Matthew, and daughter Nicole.
They live on Long Island.