John Anderson, ESPN anchor for years, announces retirement from ‘SportsCenter’ citing changes in the operation

In an announcement on his show “Inside Wisconsin,” John Anderson revealed that he will be leaving ESPN’s flagship show “SportsCenter” when his contract expires in June. Anderson, who has been a prominent figure on the network for 2 1/2 decades, cited changes in the operation of the show as a factor in his decision to retire. However, he plans to continue working on various projects for ESPN, including covering track and field events like the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon.

Anderson joined ESPN in 1999 after working for KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been a popular host ever since. In addition to his work on “SportsCenter,” Anderson has also hosted the ABC game show “Wipeout” from 2008 to 2014. Known for his snappy and knowledgeable dialogue, Anderson is the third longtime host to leave “SportsCenter” in the past year, following the departures of Neil Everett and Sage Steele. Despite his retirement from the show, Anderson expressed excitement about continuing to cover track and field events and other sports-related projects for ESPN in the future.

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