Nets fire PA announcer
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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD - When Jason Kidd scores at a New Jersey Nets game next season, it just won't sound the same.

Rick Zolzer, the public address announcer who excited Continental Airlines Arena crowds with a distinct, rapid-fire delivery of the All-Star point guard's first and last name after baskets, has been let go by the Nets.

While caught off guard, Zolzer of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., wasn't shocked his three-year run at the mike ended.

"I was told the new owners wanted to take the position in a different direction," the 47-year-old Zolzer said in a telephone interview. "It's not surprising, when new owners and management come in, they want their people there."

The Nets, who were sold this past season to a group led by developer Bruce Ratner, disclosed on Tuesday that they were looking for a new public address announcer.

Zolzer had no hard feelings.

"Who gets to sit at center court in an NBA game and gets to be a part of the flow of the game every night," Zolzer said. "It was awesome."

Zolzer was polite when asked about how much he got paid.

"Surprisingly little," he chuckled. "I got two tickets and all I could eat."

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