ESPN Announces New Contract For Mark Jones

Mark Jones at the 2011 NBA Draft.

Mark Jones at the 2011 NBA Draft.

One of the top play-by-play commentators for ESPN is sticking around for the long haul. On Friday, the network announced a multi-year contract extension for Mark Jones.

Jones has been at ESPN for over three decades. He’s done an excellent job covering NBA and college football games for the network during that span.

In an official statement, Jones made it clear that he’s thrilled to remain a part of the ESPN family.

“This is where I want to be. I’m absolutely thrilled to continue this unimaginable journey through sports at ESPN with the most talented people in the industry,” Jones said, via ESPN Front Row. “I think about walking into the NBA Today and SportsCenter studios in 1990 with a chance to document the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls, and almost 32 years later I’m covering another all-time legend in LeBron James. I’m elated by the opportunities I’ve had. I’ve even interviewed our first Black President Barack Obama. I’ve always loved ESPN, never more than when they allowed me to call my daughter’s [Sophia, a freshman at San Jose State] college basketball game which will always be an indelible moment for the Jones family.”

Jones will call this Sunday’s game between the Knicks and Nets.

This is the second contract extension that ESPN has announced this week.

Two days ago, ESPN announced a new deal for SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie.

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