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CHICAGO -- White Sox senior vice president, sales and marketing Brooks Boyer told MLB.com Friday that nothing has been decided at this point about a reduced 2015 broadcast work schedule for Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.

The colorful White Sox play-by-play announcer, who is working his 30th season in the club's television booth, told WSCR 670-AM on Thursday that he had considered cutting back on future road games to spend more time with his family in South Bend, Ind., but he had not made a decision. Harrelson often makes the commute from his home in Granger, Ind., to Chicago for White Sox home games and spoke of his family serving as a major part of the decision-making process.

"We'll sit down at the end of the year, between [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf], Hawk, [senior director of business development and broadcasting] Bob [Grim] and I," said Boyer of Harrelson, who declined through a media relations representative to comment Friday evening.. "We'll figure it out, what [Harrelson] wants to do.

"I think it's something he's thinking about. But no decisions have been made, not to my knowledge. We'll continue those conversations and see where they lead us."

Boyer said that there haven't been any "long discussions" in the recent past about this topic, where the announcer and team have said "let's map this out." But Boyer understands the thought process for Harrelson, who will turn 73 on Thursday, but has always expressed a desire to broadcast White Sox games as long as he can.

"He's very close to his grandchildren. He adores his wife," said Boyer of Harrelson. "We'll sit down and talk about it and see what makes sense. We are seeing more and more people -- whether it's Vin [Scully] or Mike Shannon -- more of those guys [cutting back on travel]."

Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson are all under contract for 2015 as the club's television and radio broadcast teams.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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