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Holly Rowe
Rowe in August 2018
Born (1966-06-16) June 16, 1966 (age 57)
EducationBroadcast journalism, Brigham Young University, 1986 (attended) Broadcast journalism degree, University of Utah, 1991
OccupationSports commentator
Employer(s)ESPN, Smith Entertainment Group [1] (Utah Jazz)

Holly Rowe (born June 16, 1966) is an American sports telecaster for the ESPN sports television network, as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball games.[2] Rowe made Utah Jazz history on October 22, 2021 as the team’s first female color commentator in a game against the Sacramento Kings[3]

Early life and career

After graduating in 1984 from Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah, Rowe attended Brigham Young University.[4] At BYU, she was the news anchor for the campus TV station, KBYU-TV. Rowe attended BYU for two years and then transferred to the University of Utah. Whilst attending The U, she worked as a sportswriter for the university's Daily Utah Chronicle and the Davis County Clipper. Rowe graduated in 1991 with a degree in journalism. Rowe then went on to an internship at CBS Sports and afterwards landed her first broadcasting role with the Blue and White Sports Network as an affiliate relations coordinator.[citation needed]

Broadcasting career


Rowe has been with ESPN in some capacity since 1995. Before becoming a full-time college football sideline reporter with ESPN in August 1998, she served as a part-time sideline reporter with ABC Sports 1995 and 1996, and then for certain ESPN broadcasts during the 1997 season. She has been a part of numerous regular season games and post-season bowl games.[5]

With ESPN, Rowe has worked women's college basketball games and women's college volleyball, generally in a play-by-play capacity (as opposed to her college football sideline duties). Other broadcasts that Rowe has been a part of during her time at ESPN include play-by-play for Women's World Cup matches, coverage of the Running of the Bulls, coverage of swimming, and broadcasts of track and field events.

Being a woman in the sports broadcasting industry, Rowe has been profiled by other media and news organizations.[6]

She is the lead sideline reporter for ESPN's coverage of Saturday-night college football (including the College Football Playoff), women's college basketball (including the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament), the WNBA and playoffs, the Women's College World Series and NCAA Division I women's volleyball tournament, and also works on men's college basketball and NBA.[7]

Other work

Before and during her time with ESPN, Rowe has worked with several other broadcast organizations, as a broadcaster for women's college basketball games broadcast for Fox Sports starting in 1993.[8] Rowe also worked as an analyst for the now-defunct WNBA’s Utah Starzz. Whilst working for the Blue & White Sports Network in Provo, Utah, Rowe covered several Western Athletic Conference (WAC) sporting events. She also held a position on the team at CBS, which produces the men's Final Four. Rowe joined the Utah Jazz broadcast team in 2021 as an analyst.[9]


  1. ^ "Smith Entertainment Group Launches SEG Media and Announces Ubiquitous Access to Every Utah Jazz Game on Television". Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  2. ^ "Holly Rowe". ESPN Press Room U.S. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  3. ^ Anderson, Ben (2021-10-22). "Holly Rowe To Serve As Jazz First Female TV Analyst". KSL. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  4. ^ "From BYU to ESPN". 31 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Holly Rowe". ESPN Press Room U.S. Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  6. ^ HighBeam
  7. ^ "Holly Rowe".
  8. ^ "Reporter & Play-by-Play Commentator". Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  9. ^ "Holly Rowe returns home as an analyst for the Jazz". 21 September 2021.