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He still works for ESPN, but the Northwest native is excited to be part of the Portland organization.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett has joined the Trail Blazers broadcasting team. He attended a minor-league all-star game at Hillsboro in 2017 (above), and he's also served as emcee at the Oregon Sports Awards. He attended the University of Oregon.Current ESPN anchor Neil Everett will be joining the Trail Blazers as part of their broadcasting team. Here's the news release from the Blazers:

The Portland Trail Blazers announced Monday the addition of Neil Everett to the broadcast team starting in the 2021-22 season. Everett will be television studio host for pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage for most Trail Blazers road games (on ROOT Sports).

Everett joined ESPN in July 2000 as an anchor for ESPNews and is a household name on SportsCenter, where he will continue to anchor the late-night edition from Los Angeles.

Everett, a Portland native, has strong Pacific Northwest ties. After high school in Spokane, he attended Willamette University in Salem before transferring to the University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism.

"To have someone with Neil's knowledge and experience join the Trail Blazers will take our television broadcast to the next level," said Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. "His personal ties to the Pacific Northwest paired with his expertise will complement the great talent we have on our broadcast team."

Prior to ESPN, Everett worked for 15 years for various affiliates in Honolulu, most recently KGMB-TV, the CBS affiliate where he was the sports director and weekday anchor. He also served as an assistant athletic director and sports information director at Hawaii Pacific University.

"It's a delight to be able to join the great broadcast crew of my hometown team," said Everett. "I look forward to returning to the Pacific Northwest and working hard to provide the best fans in the league in Rip City a great television broadcast."

According to the Blazers website, Everett will continue hosting ESPN SportsCenter in Los Angeles, and work with Orlando Williams on the Portland road games shows. Brooke Olzendam and Michael Holton will continue to host home games.


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