ESPN’s Holly Rowe joins Utah Jazz broadcast team

The Utah native will continue to appear on ESPN and ABC while serving as a Jazz analyst

(Barry Reeger | AP) ESPN reporter Holly Rowe looks over her notes before a college football game in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Sept.18, 2021. The Utah Jazz announced Friday, Sept. 24 that Rowe will join the Jazz's broadcast team this season.

Sports broadcaster Holly Rowe is coming home.

The longtime ESPN sideline reporter and University of Utah graduate will be part of the Utah Jazz’s game night broadcast team this season.

“We are excited to add someone with as much versatility, insight and storytelling experience as Holly to our broadcast,” Jazz chief marketing officer Bart Sharp said in a news release. “In addition to having profound local ties in our state, Holly is also a well-respected and established national sports broadcaster which we feel will give our fans a unique perspective on our franchise.”

Rowe’s addition appears to mark the end of former Jazzman Matt Harpring’s run as a color commentator.

Rowe has spent more than 30 years — 25 of them with ESPN and ABC — covering a variety of sports. She will continue working for ESPN and ABC in addition to her new duties as a Jazz broadcast analyst.

Rowe is a Utah native who began her career as the play-by-play voice for BYU women’s volleyball and gymnastics. Rowe has also been an analyst for the WNBA’s Utah Starzz and a sports reporter and anchor for multiple outlets in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz’s TV team will consist of Craig Bolerjack, Thurl Bailey, and Rowe during games on AT&T SportsNet. At pre-game, halftime, and postgame, host Alema Harrington and analyst Mike Smith will run the show. On radio, legendary ABA/NBA player Ron Boone will continue to join David Locke on the call, while host Jake Scott joins Tim LaComb in analyzing the games on 1280 AM and 97.5 FM.

Nayo Campbell and Kera Thompson will co-emcee Jazz games from Vivint Arena, the team also announced.