Blow The Whistle On Burke

A recurring theme among Louisville fans has been the lack of objectivity and professionalism displayed by color commentator Doris Burke during the Louisville-Oklahoma NCAA women’s semi-final basketball game. Fortunately, I was at the game and didn’t have to listen to her verbage. A TIVO replay, however, reveals that U of L fans have legitimate concerns.doris_burke

Believe it or not, the ESPN network provides a way for fans to complain. Here’s the link: Have at it.

Here’s what I sent them:

“For a position where you would expect the best in game analysis, Doris Burke sounds an awful lot like a homer when she does games, often seeming to pull for some teams against others. This not only detracts from the game but it reflects on her lack of professionalism and ability to be objective. I am surprised ESPN lets her get away with such such rank amateurism. What’s even more concerning is that this may not be a concern of the program directors who choose the announcers. Surely ESPN can do better.”

Takes a couple of minutes to complete the form but consider it a good investment of your time. It’s the only way to complain to the network. If you do, share it here.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

10 thoughts on “Blow The Whistle On Burke

  • April 7, 2009 at 9:36 am
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    Here’s what I sent ESPN: “I’m sickened by the complete lack of objectivity displayed by Doris Burke during her commentary of the University of Louisville basketball games. She constantly used terms like “lack of talent” and “overmatched” when describing the players and play of the Lady Cards. Her credibility as a basketball analyst has dwindled with every Louisville win. Please review the tapes of her broadcasts and I’m sure you will see the total lack of fair and impartial reporting she displays! Viva la mute button!!!!”

    • April 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm
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      Thanks Charlie for the link to complain about Burke!
      This is what I left on ESPN comment page.

      Although I bleed red for UofL,I consider myself open-minded to commentary & other teams.However, when watching the Womens final4 game-UofL/Ok I was stunned with the wordage Doris Burke used when talking about the Cards. As a fan, you grow to accept the Cards are the red-headed step child of sports, but Burke’s voice was degrading & uncalled for. Three times, that I heard, she said Cards were less talented, the lesser team, & didn’t know why C. Parish wasn’t shooting. Professionalism she has not!

  • April 7, 2009 at 12:07 pm
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    Thanks Steve, good note. Making changes requires individual effort like yours.

  • April 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm
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    I actually went to that site during the game on Sunday night. I was tired of listening to her comments about Louisville “being the lesser team” and I wrote ESPN and told them. GO CARDS!!!

  • April 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm
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    The comments Doris Burke made were ridiculous…she is not very professional and owes our coach and our team an apology. She’s a jerk, actually. Go CARDS and please keep on going – you’re so close to the end and that golden trophy for NCAA National Champions. It would probably take a miracle but we believe in you…..

  • April 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm
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    Charlie, I WANT the link – where’s the link??????

    • April 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm
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      oops, found it – I sent in my comments and told ESPN that she should apologize to U of L’s team, coach and fans for the snide comments she made…..pitiful game tonight. UConn is a machine. We will have a lot of sad kids coming home after tonight…I hope there are a lot of fans to meet them…how can we find out when they will be coming home and where we can meet them??????

  • April 7, 2009 at 9:36 pm
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    Linda, glad you found it. I don’t take my eyes off the court during games.

  • April 8, 2009 at 9:15 am
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    Yeah, I had my laptop with one eye on the game and one eye on my computer…I had to get my comment in BEFORE we were done….great effort by our Cardinals….we’ll be back.

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