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People And Personalities: Rogers Outbids TSN For Toronto Star's Damien Cox
Published January 21, 2011
CALLING THE ACTION: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reports ESPN's Vince Welch "will get his first chance to do play-by-play of an IndyCar race Aug. 14 for the return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway." Welch, a pit reporter for ESPN's coverage of the series, will move to the booth at New Hampshire "to fill in for Marty Reid, who will be working NASCAR's race at Watkins Glen International that day." Most of ESPN's broadcast team "remains the same" this season, as Scott Goodyear "joins Reid in the booth with Rick DeBruhl and Jamie Little working the pits with Welch." Former driver Eddie Cheever "again will join Reid and Goodyear in the booth at Indy, with Jerry Punch the fourth pit reporter." Versus has yet to announce its lineup (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/21).
BACK AT RINGSIDE: MEDIA BISTRO's Marcus Vanderberg reported boxer Roy Jones Jr. is "returning full-time to HBO Sports as a permanent expert analyst" on "HBO Boxing After Dark." HBO Sports Senior VP & Exec Producer Rick Bernstein said, "We were not searching for a permanent analyst on the Boxing After Dark series, but Roy simply blew us away with his performance as a guest analyst last year and we decided it's time to bring him back" (MEDIABISTRO.com, 1/20). Jones previously served as an analyst from '96-'05, "mainly working" on "Boxing After Dark" (ESPN.com, 1/20).