NATCHITOCHES, La. -- The 2006 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, held here last month at the new Natchitoches Events Center, will have its debut showing this weekend on Cox Sports Television.
This marks the fourth year that CST, in association with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (the parent group of the Hall of Fame) has televised the one-hour highlight show featuring the induction ceremonies. The State Farm Insurance agents throughout Louisiana are the presenting sponsors again this year of the telecast.
The program will debut on Saturday night at 5 p.m. CDT and air again on Sunday at 6 p.m. CDT. Lyn Rollins of Cox Sports Television again returns as host and he is joined on the broadcast by LSWA Vice-President Kent Lowe and Louisiana-Monroe media relations director Judy Willson.
This year eight more members joined the Hall of Fame -- basketball stars Sheila Thompson-Johnson of Louisiana College and Rick Robey (Brother Martin, Kentucky, NBA), baseball pitcher Chuck Finley (ULM, California Angels) and defensive star of the 1950s George "Bo" Strickland (Cleveland), jockey Craig Perret and football stars Ronnie Estay (LSU, CFL Hall of Famer), Eric Martin of LSU and the Saints plus Grambling and NFL wide receiver Frank Lewis.
"This is a program filled with emotion," said Rollins of this year's induction ceremony. "Being inducted into the state sports Hall of Fame is such an important moment in the career of these athletes and it really comes through in the moments when they are standing on the podium after having joined the Hall. The Natchitoches Events Center is a wonderful new venue for the ceremony and all of us at CST and the LSWA are pleased to be able to bring this event to our viewers again this year. I know they will enjoy it."
Besides the weekend airings, the show is presently scheduled to run on the following dates and times (all are CDT): July 19, 11 a.m.; July 24, Noon; August 5, 9 p.m.; August 23, 10:30 p.m.
Cox Sports Television, the home of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets and some 40 LSU athletic events each year, is a 24-hour regional sports network that delivers exclusive, compelling, high profile professional, amateur and collegiate men's and women's sports events, to approximately 1,400,000 viewers in its coverage area of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, southern Mississippi, southwestern Alabama and North and Central Florida. Cox Sports Television is a part of Cox Communications Louisiana LLC, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the state of Louisiana.