Longtime Houston sports broadcaster Bob Allen dies at 70

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HOUSTON — Anyone who loves sports, or anyone who knows Houston — knows Bob Allen. The legendary broadcaster who covered Houston sports for more than 40 years has died after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

He was considered a “tell-it-like-is-is” force to be reckoned with, and that is what people loved about him. He was no holds barred.

Allen was the face of sports at KTRK-TV, beginning in 1974, and worked his way up to sports director. He was a fixture at the station for 38 years, giving him the longest tenure of any sports anchor in any major market in the country.

After leaving KTRK, he joined KHOU-TV, where he worked until being diagnosed with a form of T-cell lymphoma in June 2015.

It was thought that Allen was out of the woods after he announced on Facebook on Feb. 22 that he was doing much better and the cancer was gone.

Sadly, things took a downward turn and he lost his battle with the disease.

Bob was a Houston native, a beloved figure and will be surely missed by all. Rest in peace, friend.