ESPN’s John Saunders Dies at 61

Play-by-play announcer and commentator joined network in 1986
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Longtime ESPN commentator John Saunders has died at the age of 61.

Saunders joined ESPN in 1986 as an anchor for SportsCenter and has since held countless hosting and play-by-play positions for the network.

Most recently he hosted ABC’s studio coverage of college football, ESPN’s studio coverage of college basketball and select editions of College Football Live. He also has hosted roundtable show The Sports Reporters since 2001 and cohosted Sunday editions of SportsCenter during football season.

“John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades,” said ESPN president John Skipper. "His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen."

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