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Studio Host Tony Luftman Will Not Return in 2009-2010

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According to the Portland Trail Blazers, Blazers Broadcasting Studio Host Tony Luftman will not be back in 2009-2010. A member of the organization told Blazersedge this afternoon, "Tony's position was eliminated as part of a department restructuring."

Veteran broadcaster and current Blazers Broadcasting Producer Bob Akamian is rumored to be Luftman's on-air replacement during pre-game, halftime and post-game studio segments, however the team source would only say "I would expect Bob to be part of that equation but not entirely" as Luftman's roles "will be assumed by in-house folks, including personnel from broadcast departments and community ambassadors."

According to the source, Luftman's was the only position within the broadcasting department eliminated by this restructuring. 

Prior to joining the Blazers Broadcasting team, Luftman was a sideline reporter for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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-- Ben (benjamin.golliver@gmail.com)