– Mark Jackson reportedly laid off from ESPN
– Well-regarded NBA analyst formerly played in the league
– Jackson spent 17 years at ESPN
Mark Jackson, ESPN’s popular NBA analyst, has been reportedly laid off from the sports network as part of their ongoing cuts. The news was initially reported by the New York Post and has subsequently been confirmed by various reports. Best known for his 17-year tenure at ESPN, Jackson has become one of the most well-known analysts in professional basketball.
Before turning his attention to analyzing the game, Jackson enjoyed a successful NBA career, playing point guard for various teams, including the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. His career spanned 17 years, and he retired as the league’s second all-time assists leader, only behind John Stockton. Following his retirement, Jackson transitioned to broadcasting and quickly gained prominence.
Upon the news of his reported layoff, Jackson released a statement that reads, “I will cherish the time and great memories that were created over the past 17 years with ESPN. They will always have a special place in my heart, as will my gratitude for the talented individuals I had the pleasure of working with… Thank you for the opportunity to grow, learn, and interact with the greatest fans in the world. God Bless, and continue to strive for excellence.”
In recent years, ESPN has undergone significant cuts and layoffs in an effort to restructure its business. Despite the somber tone of Jackson’s statement, his departure from the network has understandably caused a shock among fans and colleagues alike who appreciate his knowledgeable and engaging analysis.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Jackson, but his insightful commentary and affable demeanor will surely be missed by ESPN viewers.