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Wednesday, July 22, 1998

Brad Sham Back as Cowboys Broadcaster

By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - On July 31, there will be that old familiar broadcast voice back for the Dallas Cowboys, Brad Sham, who butted heads with owner Jerry Jones and lived to tell about it.

Sham returns for his 20th year - broadcasting the Cowboys play-by-play over KVIL-FM after a hiatus broadcasting Texas Rangers baseball.

"It's great to be back," said Sham as he patrolled the sidelines at Midwestern State University learning numbers and names for the 1998 season.

"Nice catch by No. 15," Sham said. "That would be free agent rookie Anthony Eubanks of Arkansas."

Sham already had the receiver's number committed to memory and it was just the first week of training camp.

"I missed it," Sham said of broadcasting for the Cowboys. "Doing the Rangers was fun, but it was a long, hard season. Mrs. Sham is glad I'm back doing the Cowboys."

Sham never strayed very far away from the NFL. Once football season started, he did national play-by-play radio on the game of the week Sunday nights.

But it wasn't like doing the Cowboys.

"I've already received a wonderful reception from fans because I'm back and I'm very grateful for that," he said.

Sham and Jones got crossways after Sham suggested on-air during a broadcast that Jones wasn't telling the pure truth about a particular topic.

Sham wasn't invited back next year.

But that's water under the bridge for Jones, Sham said.

"I walked into his office and he greeted me like a long lost friend and nothing was ever mentioned about the past," Sham said.

Sham will be working with Babe Laufenberg, former Dallas quarterback who also has become the sports anchor for a local Dallas television station.

"Can't wait for the season to start," Sham said. "This is going to be a fun team to watch."


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