Cavs replace TV announcer Reghi with McLeod

Updated: August 3, 2006, 8:35 AM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers fired TV play-by-play announcer Michael Reghi and replaced him with Detroit Pistons broadcaster Fred McLeod.

Reghi, who held the position the past 12 seasons, had the last two years of his contract bought out by the Cavaliers.

"While I understand an owner of a professional sports franchise has the right to make the decisions he chooses with his organization, I am extremely disappointed and disillusioned by the timing of my removal," Reghi said in a statement.

McLeod announced that he is leaving WDIV-TV.

Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, whose Quicken Loans mortgage loan company sponsors Detroit's home games at The Palace in Auburn Hills, has been remodeling the Cavaliers into the Pistons' image.

Reghi was also the lead television announcer for the Baltimore Orioles from 1997 to 2003 and worked with the Cavs for 15 seasons.

"Cleveland is my home and where my heart belongs," he said. "I've poured extreme passion into my work with the Cavaliers."

Team president Len Komoroski praised Reghi's performance and wished him well.

"He is the consummate professional and has earned the respect of fans and fellow broadcasters around the league," Komoroski said. "Ultimately though, we wanted to develop a different direction for our game broadcasts."

Komoroski said Austin Carr and Scott Williams will remain game analysts.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press