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ESPN's Holly Rowe returns home to join Utah Jazz broadcast team

Holly Rowe, a former ESPN sideline reporter, is shown in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in East Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 15, 2020. Rowe, a University of Utah graduate and longtime ESPN reporter, is joining the Utah Jazz's broadcast team, the team announced Friday.

Holly Rowe, a former ESPN sideline reporter, is shown in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in East Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 15, 2020. Rowe, a University of Utah graduate and longtime ESPN reporter, is joining the Utah Jazz's broadcast team, the team announced Friday. (Paul Sancya, Associated Press)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Holly Rowe is coming back to Utah.

The University of Utah graduate and longtime ESPN reporter is joining the Utah Jazz's broadcast team, the team announced Friday.

"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 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 best known for the 25 years she has spent at ESPN, most notably as a sideline reporter for major college sports. But she cut her teeth in her native Utah.

Rowe, who attended both BYU and Utah, began her career as the play-by-play voice for BYU women's volleyball and gymnastics. She was also an analyst for the WNBA's Utah Starzz along with working at various stations in the Salt Lake market.

Rowe will continue in her role with ESPN along with her new role with the Jazz.

Rowe will serve as an analyst for the broadcast, apparently replacing Matt Harpring as a color commentator.

Harpring, who has been on the Jazz broadcast team since he retired in 2010, was not announced as part of the this season's broadcast crew. The Jazz also chose not to bring back sideline reporter Kristen Kenney.

Craig Bolerjack will return as the team's TV play-by-play man with Thurl Bailey and Rowe serving as analysts. David Locke and Ron Boone will continue their longtime partnership on the radio.

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