Hubie Brown hasn’t called NBA games since the beginning of time. It only seems that way. With a new contract extension with ESPN, it’s practically ensured that he’ll call the NBA until the end of time.
Of course, we’re joking, but when you look at Brown’s broadcasting career, it dates back to the 1980s when he was an analyst for the NBA on USA Network (back when USA actually aired sports).
The 85-year old Brown has signed a new multi-year contract with ESPN which gives him both regular season and playoff assignments for NBA play by play. In addition, he’ll be the analyst on Sunday afternoon games aired on ABC alongside Mark Jones.
His broadcasting career spans four national networks (USA, CBS, TNT, and ESPN/ABC) and two regional gigs with the Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. He’s analyzed 17 NBA Finals on TV and radio, which is the most for any broadcaster, and has been on every Finals series dating back to 2007.
ESPN senior vice president of production Mark Gross said the Worldwide Leader is happy to have Hubie around for many years to come:
“As both a broadcaster and a coach, Hubie Brown is synonymous with the word basketball. His unmatched knowledge, storytelling ability and superb analysis has made him one of the all-time greats. We’re proud that Hubie will continue to educate and entertain NBA fans going forward.”
Brown has called games for so long, it’s easy to forget that he’s had a distinguished coaching career in the old ABA and NBA with the Kentucky Colonels, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, and Memphis Grizzlies.
His commentary can get a little racy, but overall, Brown is well-respected in the basketball community and is in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as both a broadcaster and a coach.
Armed with this new extension, there’s no sign that Hubie plans to cut back on his schedule or retire.