Covedale Trip to Louisville

As part of our sponsorship of the Covedale Athletics this summer, the youth baseball team rode the Reds Fan Express to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory for a tour and pizza party. 

"First, it was the chance to ride in the Reds Opening Day Parade.
Second, was a week of Reds' baseball camp ending with the chance to meet Reds' catcher Devin Mesoraco.
Finally, the end to Covedale Athletics summer with FOX Sports Ohio?
A trip to learn about 'The Heart of the Game', the crack of the bat.
On Wednesday, the youngsters from Covedale Athletics loaded up on the Reds Fan Express and headed down to Louisville, Kentucky to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum.
The day started out with an in-depth tour of the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory where the boys and girls got to see how baseball bats for both the major leaguers and for aspiring pros like themselves are made.
"We learned how the bats were made. How much work it actually takes. And how fast they can build the bats and how different kinds of bats are made differently. The Major League bats are made with a different machine than a high school or college players bat," said Covedale's Teeyon Grote.
The Major Leaguer's bat being made when Covedale went on their tour?
Why Reds' right fielder Jay Bruce's of course!
Not only did they get to see one of their favorite player's bat being made, but also the boys and girls got to hold a model of the first bat Louisville Slugger ever made."

Here’s the full story with more photos.

Joe Haden Celebrity Softball

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden hosted a celebrity softball game on Thursday, July 17th at Classic Park, the home of the Lake County Captains. About 2,500 fans showed up to watch players including Brian HoyerMiles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Craig Robertson, Buster Skrine, Jordan Poyer, and of course, Joe Haden, compete.

FOX Sports Ohio Girl Bridget and writer Zac Jackson also took part in the action. Zac shares his experience in this story, which includes videos via BURST

All Bets Are Off did live look-ins during the game and photos were also posted on 

Kristine's trip to the #ASG

Tribe's TV ratings among best in MLB

Tribe's TV ratings among best in MLB
July 17, 2014

The Indians continue to languish near the bottom of Major League Baseball in attendance — at the All-Star break, the Tribe is 29th, with an average crowd of 18,402.

But the Indians have been producing big numbers for SportsTime Ohio.

According to an industry source, the Tribe’s average local TV rating this season is 5.94, a 13% increase from the same point in 2013. The Indians’ win over the White Sox on Sunday produced a 6.38 rating, which was 14% better than the local rating for the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

The Tribe’s local TV ratings are also among the best in MLB.

Monday, the Sports Business Journal analyzed the local ratings of baseball’s 30 teams. Through the first week of July, the Journal’s numbers showed the Indians’ average audience increase of 9,000 households (from 77,000 in 2013 to 86,000 this season) was tied for the fourth-largest in MLB.

Sports Business Journal only listed the five largest gains and drops in each category. The Brewers ranked fifth for the best average rating, at 5.91 through the first week of July. The Indians’ average rating has since risen to 5.94, which, depending on how Milwaukee’s ratings norm has changed, likely puts the Tribe among the best five or six teams in that category.

The Indians’ average audience of 86,000 households on SportsTime Ohio is significantly higher than such teams as the Rangers (71,000 households), Braves (67,000), Brewers (54,000), Nationals (46,000), Dodgers (40,000), Athletics (33,000) and Padres (32,000).

The Tigers have the best average local TV rating at 7.52, followed by the Cardinals (7.45), Pirates (6.37) and Reds (6.37).

The Reds’ TV home is Fox Sports Ohio, which purchased SportsTime Ohio from the Indians in late 2012.

In a few months, Fox Sports Ohio will be the local TV home of games featuring LeBron James.

Talk about a home run.

Welcome Home LeBron

Digital billboard artwork around
Northeast Ohio starting Sunday, July 13th.
Cleveland Plain Dealer ad
that ran on Sat. July 12th.
LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, July 11th, 2014 in a Sports Illustrated letter.
FOX Sports Ohio, the TV home of the Cavs, along with SportsTime Ohio and FOX Sports 1 teamed up to provide the most timely and in-depth coverage of the news, sharing facilities, cameras, transmission, and talent.
-Hosted by Michael Reghi and Kenny Roda, the show featured calls from fans from all over the country as well as live hits outside Quicken Loans Arena. 
-Guests including Cavs and NBA insider Sam Amico, writer Zak Jackson, FOX Sports Ohio Cavs broadcasters Campy Russell and Allie Clifton, University of Akron Men's Basketball Head Coach Keith Dambrot, St. Vincent-St. Mary Coach Dru Joyce, and more. 
-With the help of FOX Sports 1, the show also included reaction from Heat fans in Miami. 
  • FOX Sports Ohio Girl Sara was downtown Cleveland following the announcement to talk to fans in this VIDEO
  • FOX Sports Ohio airedFOX Sports 1’s America’s Pregame that late afternoon in Northeast Ohio.
  • FOX Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio carried FOX Sports 1’s FOX Sports Live that evening.
  • Click for’s reporting from experts like’s Sam Amico and Zac Jackson along with FOX Sports writers Sam Gardner, Jimmy Traina, and others.
  • Photos of fan reactino on

NEW Indians Live set

Have you seen the new Indians Live set? Check it out. If you're headed to Progressive Field for a game, stop by in center field, next to Heritage Park, to watch a show being done LIVE.

Indians honor past, present, future heroes on Independence Day

The Cleveland Indians presented a special in-park celebration on July 4th including a pre-game presentation of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award finalists, a surprise ceremonial first pitch for a soldier, and a postgame military enlistment ceremony.

June Ratings Nuggets

The Cleveland Indians most watched non-simulcast game on SportsTime Ohio occurred on Monday, June 9th w/ 9.1 HH rating (135K HH), a game in which Lonnie Chisenhall went 5 for 5 with three home runs and nine RBI, the first major leaguer ever to do so.

Both Cincinnati Reds on FOX Sports Ohio and Cleveland Indians on SportsTime Ohio beat out NBC’s local coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Final game on Friday, June 13th. With a rating of 6.5, the Reds beat the NHL game by a whopping 361%. The Indians, with a 4.78 rating, also out-rated the hockey final by 167%.

Highlighting the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel in front of a sell-out crowd, the hour-long special Indians Live pregame show on SportsTime Ohio Saturday, June 21st earned a 1.8 HH rating, 74% greater than the average pregame show this season.
The Reds-Cubs game on Monday, June 23rd was the most-watched Reds game on FOX Sports Ohio in the month of June with an 8.6 HH rating, 33% higher than the season average rating.

The Indians 14-inning 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. June 24th ended around 3:15AM ET and tied for the longest game (5:32) in Chase Field history. Despite the late night, fans stayed up for the action. The game on SportsTime Ohio garnered a 4.5 HH rating and averaged a 3.6 HH from 1:00-3:00am.

The Reds-Giants game on June 29th got an 8.5, the 5th highest rated game of the season. and It beat out the combined rating of ESPN’s Big 3 events on Sunday of World Cup coverage from two games and an ESPN Sunday night game featuring the Yankees and Red Sox.

The Indians average rating in June was 6.1, the highest rated month this season by 5%. Year to year at the month's close, Tribe ratings are up 13%.

The Reds finished June averaging a 6.13 rating for the month with a season average of 6.4. The Redlegs are the 3rd highest rated team in the MLB and finished the month a half game out of 2nd in the NL Central.

Draft Party Time

FOX Sports Ohio had a presence at both the Cavs Draft Party on Thursday June 26th at the Q and the Blue Jackets Draft Party on Friday, June 27th at Nationwide Arena, featuring the FOX Sports Ohio Girls, the FOX robot Cleatus (Cavs party only), and a photo op at the FOX Sports Ohio desk.


Here is a VIDEO of FOX Sports Ohio Girls Sara and Bridget at the party.

After tons of coveragespecial programming and guests on All Bets Are Off, a record online chat with Sam Amico, and activation at the Cavs Draft Party, the Cavs took Andrew Wiggins, who Amico thinks brings athleticism, excitement, pizzazz and that good old "wow factor" to the Cavs.

"Wiggins Comes to Cleveland with lofty Goals" - press conference video


Here is a VIDEO of Sara, Bridget and Kristine at Nationwide for the party.

With the 16th pick in the first round of the NHL Draft, the Blue Jackets went with the most dynamic talent of any American in the draft, Sonny Milano. Click for more coverage of Blue Jackets fans at Nationwide Arena for the Blue Jackets Draft Party on Friday.

Kentucky Speedway Winners & Kristine enjoy their trip

Forty Kentucky Speedway Getaway winners took the FOX Sports Ohio Fan Express to the Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 28th for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 where they were met by FOX Sports Ohio Girl Kristine.

Kristine blogged about her trip on

Check out this great Fox Sports video - Kristine at Kentucky Speedway
"Picture rows of RV's, tailgating, racing flags, sleeveless shirts, a ton of neon and you have yourself a NASCAR race. Safe to say I AM HOOKED! I was able to experience my first Kentucky Speedway Quaker State 400 this past weekend in Sparta Kentucky. Fans came in from all over the world to experience this awesome sporting event and after my fair share of NASCAR races I can see why!" HERE for more."

More photos can be seen HERE.

To win the opportunity to take the Fan Express to this event, fans had to seek FOX Sports Ohio's daily keyword, which was provided on the network's Facebook page, Twitter account, and during Cincinnati Reds telecasts. Once they found the keyword, they could enter online. Winners were selected each day from June 1 through the 15th.