ROOT SPORTS to televise all 82 games plus four preseason games;
The Zone Sports Network to broadcast all preseason and
regular season contests
SALT LAKE CITY (September 15, 2014) – The Utah Jazz announced today the radio and television broadcast schedule for the team’s 2014-15 season. Entering its 26th consecutive season airing Jazz games, ROOT SPORTS, the Jazz’s official television partner, will televise all 82 regular season contests as well as four preseason games. The Zone Sports Network (1280 AM/960 AM/97.5 FM), the exclusive radio home of the Jazz, will broadcast the preseason and regular season schedule in its entirety. The first preseason broadcast for both TV and radio will be Oct. 7 vs. Portland, while the regular season opener tips off on Oct. 29 vs. Houston.
“ROOT SPORTS and The Zone are the definitive broadcast sources for every home and away regular season game, bringing high-quality game coverage and insightful analysis to Jazz fans,” said Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz president. “We welcome back the familiar and professional voices of our veteran television and radio broadcasters to tell the stories of this young, exciting Jazz team during the 2014-15 season.”
All telecasts on ROOT SPORTS will be distributed in high definition (HD), and this will be the third straight season that ROOT SPORTS will broadcast every regular season Jazz game. In addition to the 82 regular season games, the four preseason telecasts will include Oct. 7 vs.Portland Trail Blazers, Oct. 13 vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Oct. 17 at Los Angeles Clippers and Oct. 19 at Los Angeles Lakers.
“With exciting young talent and a new coaching staff, this is a team to watch,” said David Woodman, ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain general manager. “We’re looking forward to bringing fans throughout the region a great season of Jazz basketball on ROOT SPORTS.”
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Craig Bolerjack begins his 10th year as the television voice of the Jazz. For the fifth consecutive season, Bolerjack will team up with analyst and former Jazzman Matt Harpring for the majority of the ROOT SPORTS telecasts. Harpring played 12 NBA seasons, including eight with the Jazz (2002-10), and is entering his fifth season as the TV analyst for the Jazz. Ron Boone will return to the Jazz for his 27th season with the franchise and continue to appear on telecasts for select games, while Steve Brown will once again serve as the sideline reporter on the home broadcasts.
All telecasts on ROOT SPORTS will feature a 30-minute pre- and postgame show, along with a halftime show. Host Alema Harrington will be joined by former Jazzman Thurl Bailey, longtime Jazz assistant coach Phil Johnson, and Boone.
Utah Jazz games are available on ROOT SPORTS in both the Rocky Mountain and Northwest regions, including Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and portions of Nevada. Games are also available out of market via a subscription to NBA League Pass.
This season marks the Jazz’s third on The Zone Sports Network, which will broadcast games on 1280 AM and 97.5 FM, and also simulcast on 960 AM in Utah County and the Jazz Radio Network.
Veteran broadcaster David Locke enters his sixth season as the radio voice of the Jazz while Ron Boone will team with Locke for the fifth straight season as the radio analyst. Former University of Utah star Britton Johnsen will join Spence Checketts, Tony Parks and Jake Scott to host the Jazz pregame, halftime and postgame radio shows.
The 2014-15 season will also mark the fifth straight year the Jazz will carry a Spanish radio broadcast. Play-by-play man Nelson Moran will team with analyst Isidro Lopez to call the action on 1600 AM (KTUB), while Nicole Hernandez will once again serve as the courtside reporter for home broadcasts.
A complete broadcast schedule be found online at nba.com/jazz/schedule.
About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz is committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz is the third-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won eight division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 14 seasons of 50-plus wins, and is supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz is very active in the local community and has assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operates the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 55,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information, www.utahjazz.com
About The Zone Sports Network
The Zone is the broadcast home of the Utah Jazz and the Salt Lake Bees and the only sports radio station in the market that delivers live and local sports radio coverage weekdays from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. The Zone Sports Network is heard on 97.5 (KZNS FM), 1280 (KZNS AM), and 960 (KOVO AM). Programming includes Mornings with DJ and PK, Jake & Tony, Hans & Scotty G, and The Big Show with Spence & Gordon. All three stations are NBC Sports Radio affiliates, providing national sports talk and news coverage during nights and weekends as well as hourly national sports updates. For more information, www.1280thezone.com..
About ROOT SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS is the home of the Utah Jazz, Colorado Rockies, Mountain West Conference, Big Sky Conference and the University of Denver. The network reaches 2.5 million households across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.