ROOT SPORTS to telecast 78 regular season games and four preseason games
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz announced today the local television and radio broadcast schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Jazz fans will be able to tune in to ROOT SPORTS and The Zone Sports Network for game coverage.
“We are pleased to have ROOT SPORTS and The Zone Sports Network broadcast our regular season games,” said Steve Starks, Utah Jazz president. “Our veteran group of television and radio broadcasters will continue to give our fans the most complete coverage and analysis of Jazz basketball.”
ROOT SPORTS begins its 28th consecutive season broadcasting Jazz games and is the official regional telecast partner for the Utah Jazz. They will air 78 regular season contests, as well as four preseason games, including Oct. 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Oct. 5 against Phoenix Suns, Oct. 12 vs. Phoenix Suns and Oct. 17 vs. Los Angeles Clippers. All games will be shown in high definition. 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.
“Jazz fans have a great young team they can be excited about after last year’s playoff push,” said ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain General Manager David Woodman. “We look forward to beginning the 28th season of our outstanding relationship with the Utah Jazz and to providing fans with exclusive home team coverage of over 80 regular season and preseason matchups.”
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Craig Bolerjack begins his 12th year as the television voice of the Jazz. For the seventh 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 seventh season as the TV analyst for the Jazz. Longtime ABA/NBA player and former Jazzman Ron Boone will return to the Jazz for his 29th season with the franchise and continue to appear on telecasts for select games, while Kristin Kenney will serve as the sideline reporter.
All ROOT SPORTS telecasts 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, Boone and Kenney.
In addition to the local telecasts, the Jazz are scheduled to appear on national television 17 times, including one ABC broadcast (April 2), three TNT broadcasts (Nov. 17, Jan. 26, March 27), four ESPN broadcasts (Dec. 16, Jan. 13, March 22, April 4) and nine NBA TV appearances, which are only available on NBA TV outside of the ROOT SPORTS Jazz territory.
The Zone Sports Network, the exclusive radio home of the Jazz, enters its fifth season broadcasting Jazz games on 1280 AM and 97.5 FM. They will air all preseason and regular season games starting Oct. 3.
David Locke, radio voice of the Jazz, will call the action for his eighth season, while Boone will team with Locke for the seventh straight season as the radio analyst. Former University of Utah star Britton Johnsen will join Tony Parks to host the Jazz pregame, halftime and postgame radio shows.
The 2016-17 season will also mark the seventh straight year the Jazz will carry a Spanish radio broadcast. Play-by-play man Nelson Moran will call the action on 1600 AM (KTUB).
A complete broadcast schedule can be found online at nba.com/jazz/schedule.
Fans can also visit www.utahjazz.com for comprehensive coverage of the games, including game previews, live stats, photo galleries, results, game recaps and video interviews.