Sportscaster Toby Rowland says his opportunity to join the Oklahoma City Thunder as the television sideline reporter has been blocked by "The Ref” radio network. Rowland, a sports reporter/anchor for KWTV-9 and talk show host for KREF-AM 1400, "The Ref,” said KREF management has refused to let him out of the final year of his contract with the radio station to join the Thunder in a full-time capacity with the broadcast team. He said KWTV had agreed to let him out of his final three years of his TV contract. Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney said the team had no comment on the story. KREF general manager Mike Holt could not be reached for comment. "I'm crushed,” Rowland said. "It would have been a dream to get to work for an NBA team, especially one here in my hometown. The Thunder seems to be a first-class operation and (team chairman) Clay Bennett — a guy who I've had some dealings with — has always been great. It would have been a dream to get to work in that situation.” Rowland's attorney, Jim Priest, said Rowland is considering filing a lawsuit against The Ref. "There is a problem with the contract itself, and there is also a problem with the conduct of The Ref in connection with keeping Mr. Rowland from pursuing this opportunity,” Priest said. Rowland, 34, a 1995 Southern Nazarene University graduate, has worked for KREF for six years. He hosts "T-Row in the Morning Show,” 6 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays on the Norman station. "One of the things I'm most disappointed in is I have been approached on more than one occasion over the past few years by other radio stations with more lucrative offers,” Rowland said. "I have turned them away because of a sense of loyalty to The Ref. They were the one that gave me my first show. It's disappointing that they wouldn't kind of pay back the kindness here.” Rowland, who probably is best known as host of KWTV's "Friday Football Blitz” high school football highlights show, called KWTV management "fantastic” in agreeing to let him out of his contract. "They realized from the get-go what a fabulous opportunity that this would have been,” he said. When asked how he would approach continuing to work for The Ref, Rowland said, "We're going to take the weekend to pray about it, talk to my family and my lawyers and figure out what the best decision is in moving forward,” he said.