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Roy Jones Jr. Returns To HBO In Permanent Spot

Roy Jones Jr. knows his career is rapidly coming to an end.

As a result, the characteristic boxer is returning full-time to HBO Sports as a permanent expert analyst on HBO Boxing After Dark.

“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,” said Rick Bernstein, senior vice president and executive producer of HBO Sports. “This will be a seamless transition for a person who has been a member of the HBO family since 1992 and will enhance our telecasts.” Read more

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Fox, MLB Set Early Start to 2010 World Series Game

Fox and Major League Baseball have announced the start times for the 2010 World Series, and there is a pleasant surprise among them. Game three of the Fall Classic, scheduled for Saturday October 30, will begin at 6:57 PM ET, a full hour earlier than last year’s Saturday game.

The pre-7 PM start time is the earliest World Series game since game six of the 1987 series

The other games will begin at 7:57 PM, with the exception of game four on Sunday, which will begin following Fox’s NFL coverage.

Viewers can thank Chevrolet for the earlier start time, with the auto company committing an additional level of advertising support for the game.

“I am extremely pleased we are able to provide our fans the earliest World Series start time since 1987 with Saturday’s Game Three,’” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig in a statement. “The changes we made with FOX last year to start the World Series games earlier helped increase viewership including more young fans and we are optimistic that the earlier start time for Saturday’s Game Three will keep us moving in the same direction.”

More information, and the full schedule, is after the jump.

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The Unstoppable High School Football Growth Market

Friday Night Lights might have trouble staying on the air, but we’re about to be inundated with a whole lot more real high school football. ESPN launches its expanded RISE High School Football Kickoff on Friday night with a match between Manatee High and Tampa Plant. (Amazingly, this is a preseason matchup.)

The game is the first of between 28 and 30 the Worldwide Leader will broadcast during the coming season. ESPN2 will show a tilt between Sacramento schools Grant and Folsom.

Don’t look for the attention to high school football – and sports in general – to fall off anytime soon.

“We are networks driven by ratings,” ESPN director of high school programming Dan Margulis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “At the end of the day, an elite high school game with an elite player has better chance to draw more than a smaller college game.”

Other venues are getting into the act as well. Read more

NFL Network, Cox Renew Carriage Deal

♦Quick Hit: NFL Network and Cox Communications have signed a new long-term carriage agreement. As part of the deal Cox will carry NFL RedZone, which features live action from games when a team is in the opponents Red Zone. The deal is a big one: Cox is the Country’s 3rd largest cable provider.