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Lufkin Panther TV no more

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A regular running program on the Lufkin public access channel is no more.

Last weeks' Panther TV broadcast of the Nacogdoches game was the last by MSG PR.

Panther fans wanting to re-watch Friday night's game during the week will be out of luck.

The weekly broadcast of panther sporting events on Lufkin's public access channel has been canceled.

Fans will however be able to watch archived shows from previous weeks.

Show creator lee miller said it was a financial move.

"The requirements of the school district were just too much for us to comply with at this point and time and the financial resources from sponsors were not available," Miller said.

Neither Miller nor The Lufkin Independent School District would comment on the terms, but spokesperson Sheila Adams said the district worked out a verbal deal in the summer.

"We were surprised," Adams said. "Before the football games started this year, we did sit down and speak with the representatives at MSG PR and what we did is we came to an agreement and everything was understood about what the next few ball games were about."

Adams said the district is already exploring other options and is negotiating a plan for this week's game.

"We know how important it is for our community so what we will do this weekend is with Longview," Adams said. "We are discussing with Longview ISD to see if we can team up with them. They are going to already film that game, so hopefully be able to provide that tape."

Miller said that dropping the broadcast had nothing to do with the recent performance and that he is always going to be a panther.

"Lufkin is my alma mater," Miller said. "My kids both attended Lufkin High School and are graduates of Lufkin, so I bleed purple."

Miller added that he hopes there will be another broadcast in the future.

Miller said that even though the broadcast has been canceled, his company will still continue to run the Lufkin panther sports website.

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