SportsCenter Anchor John Anderson to Retire From ESPN in June

Longtime ESPN personality John Anderson has announced he is leaving the network this summer, which will bring his time as a SportsCenter anchor to a close.

Anderson shared the news Wednesday in a clip from the Inside Wisconsin Show podcast that he co-hosts with Trevor Thomas; you can watch the announcement in full above.

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“My contract runs out at ESPN at the end of June, and I have decided that that will be the end,” Anderson said. “I’m going to leave the company. I’m going to sort of retire from SportsCenter. I’m going to get to do a few track and field things, I’m going to get to continue to do the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon, which I love, and some NCAA track meets, some SEC stuff. I am incredibly excited about that.

“It’s been a good run,” he continued. “The operation has changed. I don’t know that it’s passed me by, but it’s taken its toll, and I want to still be able to do the best shows I can. I don’t know that in years ’26 or ’27 that I have the stamina to go through it again. So I’m done… I don’t really know what’s quite next. I have some things in the fire, but SportsCenter will not be it anymore.”

Anderson has been with ESPN since 1999, when he began as an ESPNEWS anchor. Though he’s anchored SportsCenter at various times of day over the years, he has mainly been stationed at the news show’s 11 pm edition, which he currently hosts.

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