FOX Sports Ohio takes over Madison Square Garden

On Sunday, February 22, FOX Sports Ohio invaded Madison Square Garden as the Cavs played the Knicks at 1pm and the Blue Jackets played the Rangers at 7:30pm.

In addition to FOX Sports Ohio airing both games, the team broadcasters had fun sharing in the action of both games in pregame shows on air as well as digitally. They took to social media to promote their team along with the other FSO team and shared behind-the-scenes photos and videos.

Blue Jackets analyst Jody Shelley joined Cavs analyst Austin Carr and Cavs sideline reporter Allie Clifton on Cavaliers Live pregame show. 



Jody also made an appearance during the Cavs game to talk about the similarities and differences between hockey and basketball from a hockey player's perspective.



Jody and CBJ rinkside reporter Dave Maetzold shared out images and video of the hard wood to ice transition at MSG.







Carr then had his turn to join the Blue Jacket Live pregame show.



Cavs Fred McLeod and AC enjoyed watching the Blue Jackets game, especially since it was AC's first time to attend a live NHL game.


SPORTSTIME OHIO AND CLEVELAND INDIANS ANNOUNCE 2015 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

SportsTime Ohio and the Cleveland Indians announced the 2015 regular season telecast schedule.

The network will carry live all regular season games unless selected for exclusive national coverage. Visit Indians.com for the complete schedule.

Regular season coverage of the Tribe begins with their season opener on Monday, April 6th in Houston when the Indians take on the Astros at 7:00pm. The Indians host the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field in their home opener on Friday, April 10th at 4:00pm.

Online Coverage:
FOXSportsOhio.com will bring Tribe fans the latest Indians news and feature stories all season long. Indians beat writer Joe Reedy (@JoeReedy) will provide analysis of the Indians through pregame notes, feature stories and breaking news throughout the season.


Follow @SportsTimeOhio on Twitter. #STOTribe 

FOX Sports Ohio is ready to “March to Opening Day” with Reds Spring Training Coverage

Including four live Spring Training games and the return of Reds Live – Spring Training Edition Mondays at 10:00pm beginning Monday, March 2nd  

As the Cincinnati Reds head out to Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona, for Spring Training, FOX Sports Ohio will help fans get ready for the 2015 Cincinnati Reds baseball season. In the annual “March to Opening Day,” the network is excited to feature Reds coverage on-air and online as well as host Reds preseason events in Cincinnati throughout the month of March.

Programs & Features on FOX Sports Ohio
Four Live Spring Training games
FOX Sports Ohio will televise four Reds Spring Training games per the schedule below. Thom Brennaman and Chris Welsh will call the action.

Reds Live – Spring Training Edition 
·     Reds fans will get an inside look at Reds Spring Training with the return of Reds Live – Spring Training Edition.  A new 30-minute show will air every Monday at *10:00pm (*unless otherwise noted below) starting Monday, March 2nd showcasing Reds Spring Training news, notes, interviews and features. Jim Day and Chris Welsh will host from the Reds Spring Training complex in Goodyear.

March to Opening Day: Reds Spring Training Coverage on FOX Sports Ohio
Day
Date
Show
Time
Monday
3/2
Reds Weekly: Spring Training Edition
10:00pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday
3/4
Reds vs. Indians
3:00pm
Thursday
3/5
Reds vs. Indians
3:00pm
Monday
3/9
Reds Weekly: Spring Training Edition
10:00pm - 10:30pm
Monday
3/16
Reds Weekly: Spring Training Edition
11:00pm - 11:30pm
Tuesday
3/17
Reds vs. Indians
4:00pm
Monday
3/23
Reds Weekly: Spring Training Edition
10:00pm - 10:30pm
Thursday
3/26
Reds vs. Indians
4:00pm
Monday
3/30
**Reds Weekly: Spring Training Edition
10:00pm - 11:00pm
Schedule subject to change | check local listings for replays |**special hour-long show       

Additional Reds programming: Check your local listings for replays of these shows!
  • Redsfest: This 30-minute program highlights one of the Cincinnati Reds’ most popular annual events and quite possibly one of the best fanfests in Major League Baseball.
  • Reds Caravan: Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro go behind the scenes on the Reds Caravan.
Player Profiles
  • Through a series of promotional vignettes, Reds fans will get a look at players to watch this season including Marlon Byrd, Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton. 
FOXSportsOhio.com
  • FOXSportsOhio.com will bring Reds fans the latest Reds news and feature stories from Spring Training. Reds Hall of Fame writer Hal McCoy as well as sports writer Kevin Goheen will be in Goodyear for a portion of Spring Training. Throughout the entire preseason, they will provide analysis of the Reds through feature articles on FOXSportsOhio.com.
“Road Trip to Opening Day”
  • FOX Sports Ohio will help get fans ready for Reds baseball in Cincinnati with a “Road Trip to Opening Day.” Throughout March, look for the network and Kristine, the FOX Sports Ohio Girl, at various Cincinnati locations as they host events featuring games and prizes. Check FOXSportsOhio.com & follow the network and FOX Sports Ohio Girls on social media for details.
Social Media

Columbus Business First: Blue Jackets’ TV ratings

Columbus Business First: Blue Jackets’ TV ratings up big through season's first half

Staff reporter- Columbus Business First

Not only are more people heading to Nationwide Arena this season to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets, but more are watching from home.
I reported Tuesday about the club overcoming a less-than-stellar first half to get more people through the arena turnstiles than a season ago, so much to the point it ranked second in the National Hockey League for year-over-year growth.

As it turns out, the Jackets are doing a whole lot better on television, too.

In 45 regular-season games before the Jan. 23-25 All-Star break, the Blue Jackets generated an average 0.9 TV rating, according to Neilsen statistics.

And while that's only 8,200 households, the rating is up 49 percent from the first half of the 2013-14 season.

Fox Sports Ohio, which broadcasts the team's games, offered this statement from General Manager Fran├žois McGillicuddy.


"Despite the unprecedented amount of injuries the Blue Jackets have had to deal with this season, they have had incredible runs, particularly in December, and are an exciting team to watch."

McGillicuddy goes on to say last year's Stanley Cup playoff appearance and hype leading up to Columbus' first time hosting the All-Star Game also helped drive ratings.


"The Jackets have secured a core foundation of players, including this year's three All-Stars, and we believe the ratings increase is just the beginning of what's possible," he said.
Surely much more would be possible if the Jackets could string together consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history, but that's looking more unlikely in the midst of a three-game losing streak and a seventh-place ranking in the Metropolitan division.

Top-rated games from the Blue Jackets' first half included matchups with the Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

FOX SPORTS OHIO ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF REDS CARAVAN

Reds Caravan premieres Friday, February 6th at 10:00pm.

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce the return of Reds Caravan, the show that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Cincinnati Reds’ most recent Caravan tour.


This 30-minute program debuts Friday, February 6th at 10:00pm (or following the Blue Jackets game coverage). Check your local listings for replays.

The 2015 Cincinnati Reds Caravan kicked off Thursday, Jan. 22nd and consisted of four separate tours making 17 fan stops in five states. The tour provided fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff.

FOX Sports Ohio Reds broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro joined the West leg of the tour as the Reds took over an Ohio high school and Devin Mesoraco gave one young Reds fan a memory of a lifetime. Plus, find out what happens when third baseman Todd Frazier tries out a flight simulator at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton.

That and much more on Reds Caravan, debuting this Friday at 10:00pm on FOX Sports Ohio.


Florida Fly Away Winner

which fans could watch Jackets games on FSO for a keyword to text in for the chance to go
to Florida and watch the CBJ take on the Lightning. 

prized trip in Tampa this past weekend.



Last night’s Cavs game highest rated non-simulcast game this season

The Cavs won their eighth straight game last night in an instant classic, forever-memorable 99-94 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Not only did Kyrie Irving set a franchise record with 11 3-pointers in his 55 point-game, but the game set a new high for a 2014-15 game rating on FOX Sports Ohio.

·        According to Nielsen, the game delivered an 11.5 HH rating in Cleveland on FOX Sports Ohio, reaching approx. 170,000 households. This is the highest rated non-simulcast game so far this season.

·        The game peaked at a 15.79 HH in the last quarter hour (232,000 households) and averaged over a 13.5 HH from 8:00pm on (198,000 households).

·        Cavaliers Live postgame show delivered a 5.13 HH.

·        The top-rated games so far this season:
1.     Jan. 27 @ Detroit Pistons – 12.6 HH (simulcast on WUAB)
2.     Jan. 28 vs. Trail Blazers – 11.5 HH
3.     Dec. 9 vs. Raptors – 9.86 HH


·        The Cavs are averaging a 7.1 HH in Cleveland on FOX Sports Ohio, up +141% compared to last year’s same-game average.

Tribe Report: Town Hall Meeting Debuts Tomorrow at 7:00pm on SportsTime Ohio

Tune in to SportsTime Ohio tomorrow, Jan. 30th at 7:00pm for the premiere of Tribe Report: Indians Town Hall Meeting. In this unique 30-minute show taped in front of a live studio audience, host Matt Underwood talks Indians baseball with Tribe Manager Terry Francona and Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro.

Hear from Shapiro on the new commissioner of Major League Baseball, new rule changes, and the progress of the ballpark renovations. Francona answers questions from Indians Season Ticket Holders in attendance as well as discusses Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber’s 2014 season and the status of Michael Bourn and his offseason workouts.

Learn more about the event in FOXSportsOhio.com Indians writer Joe Reedy’s recent article “Francona doesn't see how shifts can be eliminated”.

Following tomorrow’s show, check FOXSportsOhio.com for additional video clips from the event.

Replays on SportsTime Ohio:
  • Sat. 1/31 at 7:30pm
  • Sun. 2/1 at 10:00pm
  • Mon. 2/2 at 9:00pm
  • Wed. 2/4 at 6:30pm
  • Thurs. 2/5 at 3:00pm
  • Sat. 2/7 at 7:30pm
  • Mon. 2/9 at 7:00pm

*check local listings | schedule subject to change

Xavier Musketeers Men’s Basketball tomorrow at 7:00pm on FOX Sports Ohio

Tune in to FOX Sports Ohio tomorrow at 7:00pm for Xavier University men’s basketball @ Providence Friars.

The game will replay tomorrow night at 12 midnight as well as on Friday, Jan. 23rd at 12 noon.

FOX Sports Ohio will also air two additional Xavier basketball games:

  • Saturday, February 21 at 2:00pm vs. Butler
  • Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm @ Creighton

SportsTime Ohio to feature Jim Thome with special Indians programming this Saturday and will be at Tribe Fest this weekend.

Tribe Report will be LIVE from Tribe Fest Saturday, January 24th from Noon to 2:00pm followed by Indians game replays and Indians Roundtable shows featuring Jim Thome.

SportsTime Ohio is excited to highlight Jim Thome with special Indians programs on Saturday as well as once again be part of Tribe Fest this weekend.

This year’s Tribe Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, and Sunday, January 25, at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio’s Tribe Report, hosted by Jensen Lewis, will broadcast live from Tribe Fest on Saturday from noon to 2:00pm.

The network will feature Jim Thome with additional Indians programming throughout the day on Saturday.
·        12 noon-2:00pm – Tribe Report live from Tribe Fest
·        2:00-3:00pm – Indians Roundtable with Jim Thome, John Hart & Charlie Manuel
o  Click for a SNEAK PEEK video of the Roundtable as Jim Thome reminisces about the start of his career.
·        5:00pm – Indians Rewind game from September 23, 2011 vs. Minnesota Twins
o  On the night the Indians celebrated Jim Thome’s 600 HR milestone with special pregame ceremony, Thome went long with a 425-foot homer. Carlos Santana blasted a first-pitch home run in the ninth to seal the 6-5 Indians win.
·        8:00pm – Indians Roundtable replay with Jim Thome, John Hart & Charlie Manuel
·        9:00pm – Indians Rewind game from August 27, 2011 vs. Kansas City Royals
o  In his second game back with the Indians, Thome’s 602nd career home run in the sixth inning gave the Tribe the 5-4 lead. Two innings later with two outs, Asdrubal Cabrera belted a three-run shot for the 8-7 win.


SportsTime Ohio will have additional space at Tribe Fest all weekend long, offering fans the opportunity to play video games in SportsTime Ohio’s video game truck and meet FOX Sports Ohio Girl Bridget. For complete event details, visit Indians.com/TribeFest.