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Sacramento Kings

Toronto native Mark Jones named Sacramento Kings new TV play-by-play announcer

The Sacramento Kings recently announced that Toronto native Mark Jones will be the team's primary play-by-play announcer for TV broadcasts, beginning in the 2020-21 season.

Jones, who has worked with ESPN and ABC Sports since 1990, will cover the majority of Sacramento's games this upcoming season alongside former Toronto Raptor Doug Christie on NBC Sports California. Christie introduced Jones in a one-on-one Q&A session on Friday, Nov. 6.

While Jones will be covering the majority of Kings games this season, he will still serve as a primary play-by-play commentator for ESPN and ABC's coverage of the NBA as well as college football. This past season, Jones was one of a select few broadcasters that travelled to the NBA's campus at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, FL to cover seeding and postseason games during the NBA Restart.

The younger brother of Raptors radio play-by-play voice Paul Jones, Mark is a 1985 graduate of Toronto's York University. After getting his broadcasting start as an anchor with TSN from 1986-1990, Jones moved on to work with ESPN in 1990, where he has been ever since.

Jones replaces longtime Kings analyst Grant Naper, whose time with the franchise came to an end this past June. With rumoured reports of the upcoming NBA season beginning as soon as Dec. 22, 2020, Jones' voice will be more prominent than ever, covering yet another unique NBA season on ABC, ESPN and NBC Sports California.

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