ESPN's Raftery among Curt Gowdy Award recipients

Updated: July 12, 2006, 2:36 PM ET
SportsTicker

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- CBS and ESPN analyst Bill Raftery and Los Angeles Times writer Mark Heisler on Wednesday were selected to receive the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

A former coach at Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall in his native New Jersey, Raftery has called college and NBA games since 1982.

Heisler has covered the NBA for 23 years with the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Bulletin and Los Angeles Times and written four basketball books.

The Gowdy Media Award, named after the late legendary sportscaster and former Hall of Fame president, is given annually to one member of the print and electronic media whose efforts have made a significant contribution to basketball.

"The Gowdy Award presentation is certainly one of the highlights of Enshrinement Weekend, and both Mr. Raftery and Mr. Heisler exemplify the true spirit of the award," Hall of Fame president and CEO John L. Doleva said. "These two men have dedicated much of their professional careers to telling the story of basketball for millions of readers, listeners and viewers, and the Hall of Fame is proud to honor their efforts."

Enshrinement ceremonies will be held Sept. 7-9.