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LOCAL SPORTS TALK: In Albany, Pete Dougherty reports Time Warner Cable is planning the "Time Warner Cable Sports Press Box," an Albany-based version of shows like ESPN's "The Sports Reporters." The show "likely will premiere within the next week or two on a trial basis before going full bore in the fall." Albany's WTMM-FM host and former WTEN-ABC Sports Dir Brian Sinkoff is "scheduled to be the host." TWC Dir of Programming & Production for Albany Greg Bobbitt "plans to rotate area TV sports anchors, newspaper writers and radio hosts in a roundtable discussion" (Albany TIMES UNION, 2/11).
THE OLD COLLEGE TRY: In Cincinnati, John Kiesewetter notes FS Ohio televises Univ. of Cincinnati and Xavier Univ. basketball games "in standard definition," but televises Cavaliers games in HD. FS Ohio Senior VP & GM Henry Ford said the net's next goal is to "deliver all college and high school sports in HD." But Ford is "preaching patience," as some Cincinnati and Xavier games "aren't available in HD because their leagues or originating producer don't offer it" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/11).
FULL-ROUND COVERAGE: Golf Channel and the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship have reached an agreement for the net to broadcast all four rounds of this year's tournament, which will take place from March 31-April 3. The change was triggered by the opportunity to increase television coverage for the first LPGA major of the year (Kraft Nabisco Championship).