Mark Jones (sportscaster)

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Mark Jones
Born (1961-11-16) November 16, 1961 (age 56)
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.

Biography[edit]

Broadcasting career[edit]

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.

He is the younger brother of Paul Jones, the radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors.

Notable Calls[edit]

April 18, 2015 - Jones was the play-by-play announcer for Game 1 of the Washington Wizards-Toronto Raptors series in the 2015 NBA Playoffs when Greivis Vasquez hit the game-tying 3 pointer with 25.4 seconds left in regulation.

Beal falls down... Vazquez for the tie... YES! G.V. shaking em up!

October 24, 2015 - Jones was the play-by-play announcer for the game between #9 ranked Florida State and Georgia Tech, where Georgia Tech blocked Roberto Aguayo's last second field goal attempt and took it back for a walk-off touchdown for the upset win.

From the left hash, to remain unbeaten... and perhaps a player in the College Football Playoff, and the 29th consecutive conference win. BLOCKED! SNUFFED! RUBBED OUT! ERASED! And Georgia Tech with an opportunity. Austin, still on his feet... ONE MAN! YOU CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT JUST HAPPENED! WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! Lance Austin, recovered the loose block, and scampered, bolted, escaped, eluded, every Seminole on the pitch. 78 yards, for the winning touchdown!

May 12, 2017 - Jones was the play-by-play announcer for ESPN's coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up of the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. Jones and color analyst Hubie Brown on the call when John Wall hit a 3 pointer with 3.5 seconds left to put the Wizards ahead of the Celtics by a score of 92-91.

Jones: Porter can't find anybody... Gives it to Wall. Working against Bradley for 3! JOHN WALL!

Brown: Hold on.

Jones: What a shot!

Brown: Now you talk about a pressure shot, that was it!

Oct 13, 2017 - Jones was the caller of Miami v Georgia Tech when Miami pulled out a late win to go to 5-0 and look nationally relevant for the first time in over a decade, his call at the end of the game was

Coral Gables Stand Up

Liberty City Stand Up

Overtown Stand Up

Carol City Stand Up

The 'Canes are Back!!

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