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Mike Breen
Born May 22, 1961 (1961-05-22) (age 48)
New York City, New York
Education Fordham University
Occupation Play-By-Play Commentator
Title Lead Play-by-Play, NBA on ABC Sports and ESPN
Notable credit(s) Broadcaster of the Year, 1998 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
Mike Breen on ESPN Official website

Michael "Mike" Breen (born May 22, 1961) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC and the lead commentator for New York Knicks games on the MSG network. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcer for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both Fox and NBC.





Breen, a 1983 graduate of Fordham University [1], is currently in his 14th season as an NBA broadcaster, with some of those 14 taking place while Breen worked for NBC up until 2002, the network's last year as both an NBA and WNBA broadcaster. He is also the main voice for New York Knicks games on MSG Network, taking over after Marv Albert left over a dispute with Knicks management. On February 8, 2006, with the departure of Al Michaels from the network, ABC announced that Breen would take over as the lead broadcaster for the NBA, including the NBA Finals. His broadcasting career started doing play-by-play for the Marist College Red Foxes basketball team in 1985.


Breen has done 5 Olympic Games in his career, 1 Winter Olympics and 4 Summer Olympics. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Breen called basketball, handling play-by-play for both the men and the women. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Breen called ski jumping. Breen served as a play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of men's and women's Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. [1]


Breen has been a fixture on the radio as well. He began his professional radio career as a sportscaster on WNBC radio in the early 1980s, and frequently substituted for Dave Sims as host of "SportsNight" on the station. From 1989 to 2000, Breen did the sports segment on the WFAN and nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning talk/comedy radio show. Breen became noted for his deadpan delivery of false sports news, such as in the mid-1990s reporting that in the previous night's Mets game, "Félix Millán went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored" (Millán retired in 1977). He continues to call into the program under the guise of "Bill from White Plains."


Breen quotables


"Flips it up and in"

"It's good!"

"Oh, tough shot!"

"Puts it in!"

"Knocks it down!"

(a player's name) "On the drive"

"Ties the game!" (after a clutch shot made in a game or after a crucial shot that ties a game in its crucial moments)

"Blocked by (insert name of player)!" (whenever a shot is blocked)

"What a play by (player)!" (when a player makes an incredibly unbelievable shot)

"And the (team who tied the game) came back from (deficit from the team who tied the game) down to tie the game!"

"What an emotional scene!"

"Gets inside!" (when a player drives to the hoop for either a dunk or a layup)

"Oh, this is a sight to see!" (whenever something unexpected happens)

"Count it, and a foul (or and one)!"

"Pretty pass!"

Notable games called

And the Celtics have just overcome a 25-point deficit to beat the Nets! Give them credit, as they never gave up.
  • Pacers–Pistons brawl - Perhaps Breen's most noted assignment was the November 19, 2004 game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. Breen was calling that game alongside former NBA star Bill Walton on ESPN. With 45 seconds left, a brawl broke out between Pacers players and Pistons fans. Breen's description of the event:
...Now Artest has jumped over the scorers' table, and is trying to get down to the bench! Artest is in the stands! Oh, this is awful! Fans are getting involved. Stephen Jackson's in the fans! Rasheed Wallace going into the stands! The security is trying to somehow restore order! Fans and players are getting involved, and the players are trying to help each other out!!


  1. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks -

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