2014 Tip-Tober

This "Tip-tober", FOX Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio are pleased to announce that all seven Cleveland Cavaliers preseason games will be televised. Four games will be on FOX Sports Ohio and three games will be on SportsTime Ohio. Austin Carr and Fred McLeod will call the games with Allie Clifton on the sideline.

CLICK for more Tip-tober plans on FOX Sports Ohio and FOXSportsOhio.com.

Browns Home Opener 2014

The Cleveland Browns' 2014 home opener ended in a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Sept. 15th. 

SportsTime Ohio and FOX Sports were present at First Energy Stadium and throughout the city of Cleveland, (as well as on FOXSportsOhio.com) engaging fans and getting pumped for the Browns season.

FOX robot Cleatus was in town and made his way around the stadium to take photos with fans and do a t-shirt toss. 

He also bumped into Machine Gun Kelly.

FOX Sports Ohio Girl Bridget was on the SportsTime Ohio Fan Express to meet and greet fans as they were shuttled to and from the stadium. 

FOX Sports Ohio Girl Sara was in-park host for the game.

FOXSportsOhio.com featured Browns Gameday Live which included Live Burst video, tweets from the game, and a live chat.

Blue Jackets FanFest 2014

FOX Sports Ohio is counting down until Blue Jackets season and spent Friday, Sept. 12th at Nationwide Arena for Blue Jackets FanFest.

Our tent featured photo ops with Jackets broadcasters Jody Shelley and Jeff Rimer along with FOX Sports Ohio Girl Sara. Fans also stopped by to play Xbox NHL 15.

Click for more PHOTOS from Blue Jackets FanFest.

Trip to Comerica

SportsTime Ohio's social media gurus and FOX Sports Ohio Girl Bridget got to join Indians social media fans and bloggers on a trip to Detroit's Comerica Park via the SportsTime Ohio Fan Express to watch the Tribe take on the Tigers.

 VIDEO of their group celebrating Raburn's HR

Blue Jackets playing baseball?

As we Countdown To Face-Off, FOX Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio were excited to feature Columbus Blue Jackets Mark Letestu and Scott Hartnell as they threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Indians (Letestu) and Reds (Hartnell) games. Both players were interviewed during the games.

Letestu was a guest on All Bets Are Off prior to his Sept. 5th appearance on the Indians mound.[VIDEO

When he got to there, he was surprised with who was receiving his pitch -- Indians starter Corey Kluber - and called it a "big thrill" to throw to one of the best pitchers in the American League.

"It was a ball. I can comfortably say that. But I didn't bounce it," Letestu said. "It was pretty nerve racking but I'm really happy to be here representing the Blue Jackets and thankful to the Indians for giving me the opportunity."

Click HERE for BURST videos and photos. 

Hartnell made his trip to the Reds mound on Sept. 8th. Here's a photo of his interview with Brian Giesenschlag.

Countdown to Face-Off!

FOX Sports Ohio is getting ready for what will be an exciting Columbus Blue Jackets 2014-15 season with “Countdown to Face-Off,” a month of special Blue Jackets programming, marketing and digital coverage.

In the “Countdown to Face-Off,” FOX Sports Ohio will feature Blue Jackets Classic Rewinds 2014, and Blue Jackets Live: Season Preview.

In Blue Jackets Classic Rewinds 2014, the network will air seven Jackets games from last season. Hosted by Brian Giesenschlag, this series premieres Thursday, Sept. 11th at 8:00pm with the game from December 21, 2014. Columbus opened the third period in a 2-2 tie with the Flyers, but David Savard, Boone Jenner, and Ryan Johansen netted three straight goals to give the Jackets the lead and a 6-3 win over the Flyers at Nationwide Arena.

Complete schedule and details of these replayed games are below.

FOX Sports Ohio further prepares for the start of the Jackets’ season with Blue Jackets Slap Shots: Season Preview. This half-hour special takes a look at the team’s off-season player moves and preparation as well as discusses expectations for the upcoming season. The show debuts Monday, October 6th at 6:00pm with replays.

Players to Watch and Memorable Moments
Through a series of promotional vignettes, Jackets fans will re-live some of the memorable moments from last season as well as get a look at players to watch this season. FOX Sports Ohio will also feature a series of countdown spots in the final week before the season opener.

Blue Jackets fans can also get ready for the season with preseason coverage on FOXSportsOhio.com. Rick Gethin and Alison Lukan will provide updates with regular features and posts.

Social Media
·        Like FOX Sports Ohio on Facebook and follow on Twitter @FOXSportsOH for updates on Jackets preseason coverage, trivia contests, and more. #CBJCountdown #CBJ
·        Like the FOX Sports Ohio Girls on Facebook and follow on Twitter @FSOhioGirls for #CBJCountdown updates.
·        Follow the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Jackets broadcast team on Twitter:
o   Jody Shelly – @shelleyhawk45
o   Jeff Rimer - @JRimerCBJ
o   Dave Maetzold - @DMaetzMedia
o   Bill Davidge - @BDavidge99
o   Brian Giesenschlag - @BGiesenschlag
·        Follow the FOXSportsOhio.com team on Twitter:
o   Rick Gethin - @RickGethin
o   Alison Lukan - @AlisonL


*Subject to change 

Announcing Drennan Live

SportsTime Ohio is excited to announce All Bets Are Off will begin airing 7-9pm on Sundays starting this Sunday, Sept. 7th as Drennan Live and will feature expanded Ohio team coverage.

The three-hour live local call-in sports talk show is currently Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Host Bruce Drennan and sidekicks Gene Winters and Ashley Collins discuss sports news from around the state as well as take calls from fans.

Drennan Live will begin airing Sundays 7-9pm starting this Sunday, Sept. 7th and will continue its normal weekday schedule and format. The refreshed show will offer fans enhanced coverage of SportsTime Ohio and FOX Sports Ohio partners, including the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State, the OHSAA, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and University of Dayton, as well as other Ohio sports.

New guest co-host!
A new addition during football season, Akron native, Ohio State and NFL running back Beanie Wells will join the show on Mondays as guest co-host.

“Since the acquisition of SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports has been working to develop the show under the FOX brand,” stated Francois McGillicuddy, General Manager and Senior Vice President of SportsTime Ohio and FOX Sports Ohio. “We’re excited to offer fans a refreshed name and look with the same Bruce fans have come to expect and love.”

Cleveland Browns 2014 Season Programming on SportsTime Ohio

As Browns Training Camp Daily ends, SportsTime Ohio is ready for the Cleveland Browns regular season with a full lineup of programming including:
  • Sunday Strategy, presented by Mazda
  • Inside the Cleveland Browns
  • Browns Insider with Mike Pettine, presented by Liberty Ford
  • Browns Overtime
  • Browns Red Zone, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Donte Whitner: Revealed

 "We are a proud partner of the Cleveland Browns and are excited to continue our tradition of delivering fans the highest quality Browns television coverage," said Francois McGillicuddy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SportsTime Ohio and FOX Sports Ohio. "Our partnership and programming lineup provides in-depth analysis by the most knowledgeable local experts and an inside look at the team that fans can't get anywhere else."

Also, the SportsTime Ohio Browns Fan Express is ready to hit the Cleveland streets. Keep an eye out for the giant bus that will be shuttling fans to and from the stadium during the season.

Check your local listings for replays. Visit FOXSportsOhio.com or follow SportsTime Ohio on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

Love to the Cavs

The Cavs acquired Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to Minnesota and a protected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to Philadelphia. Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.

SportsTime Ohio's All Bets Are Off carried the Cavaliers press conference introducing All-Star forward Kevin Love. [VIDEO CLIP]

During the presser, FSO Cavs broadcaster Fred McLeod had a 1-on-1 interview with Love. [VIDEO]

FOXSportsOhio.com's Sam Amico also did a hit with FOX Sports 1 in which Love talks to Amico about joining the Cavaliers and teaming up with LeBron James.

Reds Urban Youth Academy Ribbon Cutting

The Reds cut the ribbon on a $7 million youth baseball and softball complex in Roselawn on Aug. 22nd with MLB commissioner Bud Selig joining Reds owner Bob Castellini, players Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce and Cincinnati area leaders at the ceremony.

FOX Sports Ohio was there to cover the official opening of the Reds Urban Youth Academy and share via Reds Weekly, which airs every Wednesday at 6pm.

Hall-of-Famers Joe Morgan and Frank Robinson were part of the ceremony to christen the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy, which will serve the youth of Greater Cincinnati with year-round instruction, educational and vocational programs. [VIDEO]

The complex is already the home site for Walnut Hills and Purcell Marian High Schools as well as the Cincinnati RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program but will be open to all through the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

This is the fourth MLB Urban Youth Academy to be built in the United States; there are also facilities in Compton, Calif., New Orleans and Houston. Facilities in Haileah, Fla., and Philadelphia are scheduled to be opened soon. There are six current MLB players who were a part of the Compton complex, which opened in 2006.

CLICK for the full feature by Kevin Goheen on FOXSportsOhio.com.