Mark Donaldson joined ESPN in 2010 as a soccer and tennis play-by-play commentator, as well as an on-course reporter for major golf events. He has been a part of ESPN’s coverage of a variety of high-profile events, including the FIFA World Cup, the Australian Open and The Open Championship.
Donaldson called matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup for ESPN Radio in the United States and the UEFA Champions League for six years for the company’s international networks. He is also part of ESPN’s commentator team for the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship.
The Edinburgh-born broadcaster hosted the popular Champions League highlights show for ESPN’s audience in Australia and New Zealand. His call of Lionel Messi scoring the opening goal for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao in the 2015 Copa del Rey final was heard regularly on SportsCenter, with Messi’s fantastic effort voted No. 1 in the Top Ten and being voted Best of the Best.
In tennis, Donaldson commentates annually on the Australian Open in Melbourne, Wimbledon and the US Open in New York for ESPN3 and across ESPN’s digital platforms.
In golf, Donaldson has been part of ESPN’s interactive coverage of the US Open since 2011 and The Open Championship since 2010, working with host Trey Wingo and former Major winners David Duval and Tom Weiskopf as on-course reporter covering two feature groups each day.
Donaldson moved to the United States in 2010 from Scotland where he owned the successful sports agency multimediasport, which provided content for various clients in television, radio and newspapers, including Sky Sports and talkSPORT Radio. He also provided voiceovers for major companies.
Prior to his work with multimediasport, Donaldson was sports editor at Radio Forth in Edinburgh for 10 years, a position he was appointed to at the age of just 20.
In addition to his role as a broadcaster and commentator, Donaldson is an author. His first book BELIEVE: From Turmoil to Triumph at Tynecastle told the inside story of a Russian submariner’s tumultuous seven-year spell as owner of Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Donaldson was shortlisted for Best New Writer in Great Britain in 2007 by the National Sporting Club and he finished in the top three.
After ghostwriting his second book Maroon Heart – the autobiography of former Scotland midfielder Gary Mackay – Donaldson was approached by ESPN colleague, and Liverpool legend, Steve Nicol to write his autobiography as well. FIVE LEAGUE TITLES AND A PACKET OF CRISPS, to be released in September 2016, details Nicol’s career at Anfield, how he missed a penalty in a European Cup Final at the age of just 22 and why the Liverpool players struggled to cope after Hillsborough. Nicol also looks back at his 10 years in Major League Soccer as coach of the New England Revolution.