Mark Jones (sportscaster)
November 16, 1961|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||television sports reporter, play-by-play announcer, host|
|Years active||1986 - present|
Mark Jones (born November 16, 1961) is a Canadian-American sportscaster for ESPN and ABC. Jones has been with ESPN/ABC since 1990. Prior to that, Jones worked for TSN in Canada. He primarily covers college football and NBA games for ESPN and ESPN on ABC.
Before Jones assumed his current roles at ESPN, he worked for TSN in Canada from 1986 to 1990 as an anchor and hosting a Toronto Blue Jays magazine show.
Jones began his ESPN career as the host of the weekly NBA show, the NBA Today. He would usually end the show by shooting an imaginary basketball into the air as the studio lights went off. Jones currently does play-by-play on NBA games paired with any one of ESPN's current NBA game analysts like Jon Barry, Hubie Brown, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Doris Burke, and Doug Collins. Jones has done NBA games in the past with Bill Walton until Walton left NBA coverage during the 2009 - 2010 season. He was the primary host of KIA NBA Shootaround, the network's pregame show. On that program, he engaged Walton and Stephen A. Smith in topical debates about issues in the NBA. Jones has also done some sideline reporting for NBA games.
Jones also currently does play-by-play on ESPN's college football, where he teams up with analyst Rod Gilmore on the network's Saturday night primetime game on ESPN2. He also currently calls men's SEC college basketball games on Saturday with analyst Kara Lawson. He has also done play-by-play/reporting for women's college basketball, the WNBA, and the NHL.
Jones has also occasionally served as an anchor/reporter for SportsCenter. Jones has contributed to NBA All-Star Weekend (Celebrity Game, SportsCenter) NBA Draft Lottery, and has contributed to the network’s NBA Draft coverage.