The Sacramento Kings have named ESPN’s mark Jones their new primary television play-by-play announcer for the 2020-21 season. He will be teamed up with current color analyst Doug Christie to broadcast games on NBC Sports California.
A 30-year veteran of ESPN, Jones is no stranger to the NBA. In addition to being a member of the #2 national broadcast crew for the network, he has also hosted a weekly NBA show, covered the NBA Draft and All-Star games over the years.
Jones and his new broadcast partner Christie have been friends since 1995, when the Kings’ standout was a member of the New York Knicks. They were neighbors and played pickup ball together and their chemistry during broadcasts should be apparent on Day 1.
The Toronto native and South Florida resident is excited to move to California and start a new chapter of his career with an up-and-coming young team.
“I am thrilled to join the Kings broadcast team. During my years of covering the league extensively, Sacramento has always stood among the top for its passionate and deeply loyal fan base,” said Jones. “I am thankful to Vivek and the organization for this incredible opportunity. My family and I are excited to move to Sacramento and become a part of the community.”
Jones’ three children all reside in California for college, so there were plenty of additional reasons to say goodbye to South Florida.
Due to his existing commitments to ESPN, Jones will not be able to broadcast every Kings game on NBC Sports California. A secondary announcer will be identified shortly to fill in during those times when national obligations conflict. This is not uncommon for many local broadcast teams who are lucky enough to hire big name talent like him.