ESPN today announced the re-signing of veteran play-by-play commentator Mark Jones in a multi-year agreement. Jones, a 27-year veteran of ESPN, became the voice of the popular NBA Sunday Showcase series on ABC this season. His NBA role also includes additional high-profile assignments, including the NBA on ESPN, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which take splace this Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN.
Jones will also provide play-by-play for ESPN’s extensive coverage of the NBA’s Summer League, while continuing to be a regular contributor to ESPN’s College Football and men’s college basketball telecasts.
“Mark’s passion for the NBA has come shining through in his new lead role on the NBA Sunday Showcase series and we’re excited for him to continue to call more and more marquee events for us,” said Tim Corrigan, ESPN NBA senior coordinating producer. “He’s got a great voice, great command and knows how to bring the best work out of his analysts. This is nothing new to anyone who has followed Mark’s nearly three-decade ESPN career.”
Jones joined ESPN in 1990 and is one of the longest-tenured commentators at the company. He has directly covered the NBA throughout his ESPN career, with assignments spanning from hosting SportsCenter’s NBA Finals coverage, to the company’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery. Jones also hosted the former ESPN NBA studio show NBA Today.