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John Saunders hosts ABC's celebirty sports competition, "The Superstars."

John Saunders, one of ESPN's and ABC Sports' most visible and versatile commentators, has hosted and provided play-by-play for a variety of sports since joining ESPN in 1986. He currently hosts "NBA Shootaround," ESPN's NBA pre-game show (since 2004), ESPN2's "NBA Nation" (since 2005) and NCAA basketball studio programming (since 1989). He also calls play-by-play of select NBA games (since 2003). In addition, in January
John Saunders on "The Superstars"
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2002 he was named host of "ESPN Magazine's Sports Reporters," ESPN's Sunday morning roundtable where print reporters discuss the week's topical issues.

Saunders has also worked for ABC Sports since 1990, hosting NCAA basketball telecasts since 1998 (also 1990-91), college football telecasts since 1992 and NHL action (1993, 1999-2004). He has served as a contributor to Wide World of Sports since 1990 and also provided play-by-play of NCAA basketball games (1992).

A former colleague and close friend of the late Jim Valvano, Saunders serves on the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research and is actively involved in many of their fundraising events and initiatives.

At ESPN, Saunders has also called play-by-play for college basketball (1990-2002), WNBA (1999-2001) and NBDL (2001) games. He hosted the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs (1993–2004), Baseball Tonight (1990-93) and SportsCenter's coverage of the Final Four (1991-93), the World Series (1990-92), and Major League Baseball's All-Star Game (1990-92). He also hosted Rendez-Vous '87, the two-game series between the NHL All-Stars and the Soviets. He occasionally hosted ESPN's NHL telecasts in 1987-88.

Saunders joined ESPN in December of 1986 as a SportsCenter anchor. He came to ESPN from WMAR-TV in Baltimore where he had worked since 1982 as an anchor of three daily sports reports. He also hosted the Baltimore Orioles pre-game program "Orioles on Deck" and provided analysis for Baltimore Colts' preseason games. WMAR was honored by AP and UPI in 1983 and '85 for having the best sportscast in Baltimore.

Saunders, a native Canadian, called play-by-play for the Toronto Raptors on CKVR-TV (1995-2001). He was the main sports anchor for City-TV in Toronto from 1980-82. He also served as sports anchor at ATV News in New Brunswick (1979-80) and CKNY-TV in Ontario (1978-79). In 1978, he was the news director for CKNS Radio in Espanola, Ontario.

An all-star defenseman in the Montreal junior leagues, Saunders received a scholarship and played hockey at Western Michigan University from 1974 to 1976. In 1976, he transferred to Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto.

He provided news reports for CHOO-Radio in Ajax, Ontario and continued to play hockey while attending school. Saunders' brother, Bernie, played left wing for the Quebec Nordiques in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1981.




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JOHN SAUNDERS: FACTS

How old is John Saunders? Find out here.

Age: 59 years old
Birthday: February 2, 1955
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada





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