Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/12/11

You have a new reason to watch the Indiana Pacers now (if we actually have a season). That reason is Brooke Olzendam. Earlier today, the Pacers announced the hiring of Olzendam as the new television host and sideline reporter for game broadcasts.

According to Indy Corn Rows (man the glaring grammatical error in the banner headline):

Olzendam takes over the role formerly held by fan favorite, Stacy Paetz who worked the sidelines for the past seven seasons. Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Vice President of Broadcasting Jamie Berns expressed his excitement over adding Olzendam to the Pacers broadcast team on Fox Sports Indiana.

The new job is a very welcome positive development for Olzendam, who suffered a tragedy this past summer. Her husband, former Arena League and Oregon Ducks back-up QB Andy Collins, passed away on a treadmill just ten days after their wedding)

Just a couple days after former #3 overall 2002 nfl/”>NFL Draft pick Joey Harrington was hit by a car while biking and hospitalized,  KJR Seattle reported on August 3rd that Collins died of a heart attack suffered while working out at a hotel gym.

For more pics, video, hosting reel and a detailed bio of Olzendam go here

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