ESPN's Raftery among Curt Gowdy Award recipients

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.