It's the Final Countdown

This preseason, the Columbus Blue Jackets finished 7-1-0 to set a team record for most preseason wins. It's time for FOX Sports Ohio's final Countdown to Face-Off

The Blue Jackets begin their 2014 regular season this Thursday, October 9th in Buffalo to battle the Sabres.

For the past several weeks, the network has been gearing up for the CBJ regular season with:

-Seven Blue Jackets Classic Rewinds 2014 

-Blue Jackets Slap Shots Preview Show
  • Jody Shelley sits down with Scott Hartnell 
  • featured Brandon Dubinsky, Mark Letestu and Jack Johnson mic’d up during a practice 

-Countdown to Face-Off promotional spots, including: 
  • three player vignettes on Dubinsky, Hartnell & Horton
  • three memorable moment spots featuring the first franchise goal and OT wins in 2014 Playoffs Game 2 & 4


-Countdown to Face-Off Sweepstakes

  • We asked fans daily CBJ trivia questions for a chance to win a FOX Sports Ohio prize pack.
  • To date, over 100 fans entered the contest. 

-Approx. 72 training camp features and preseason coverage pieces posted on by Rick Gethin and Alison Lukan

- streamed live four CBJ home preseason games

-Daily posts on FOX Sports Ohio and FOX Sports Ohio Girls social media

Indians 2014 ratings up 12% and 5th in MLB

September 30, 2014 12:52 PM    |    Author: KEVIN KLEPS

Indians ratings rise 12%

Indians games on SportsTime Ohio drew an average rating of 6.1, a 12% increase from 2013, and Tribe games were watched by more than 90,000 households this season. The Tribe’s 6.1 local TV rating ranked fifth in baseball.

A few more TV tidbits provided by SportsTime Ohio:

• The highest-rated game of the season was the home opener against the Twins, which posted a 14.77 rating and was watched by more than 219,000 households on WKYC and SportsTime Ohio.

• The top-rated non-simulcast game of the year was a July 9 matchup against the Yankees, which generated a 10.24 rating and more than 150,000 households.

• July was the highest-rated month, with a 7.0 average and a norm of 104,000 households. Of the Tribe’s 23 games in July, 16 were the highest-rated program of the day in the Cleveland market.

• Through August, Indians prime-time broadcasts were posting an average rating of 6.84 and reaching nearly 102,000 households. According to Nielsen, the Tribe’s prime-time ratings prior to September were 70% higher than the No. 2 station in the Cleveland market — WOIO, which had a 4.04 prime-time rating during the same period.

Cavs Chalk Talk

This past Tuesday, September 23rd, FOX Sports Ohio advertising and affiliate partners had to opportunity to meet Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin and Head Coach David Blatt along with FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters Jeff Phelps and Allie Clifton.

Approximately 30 people gathered at Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavs practice facility in Independence, to network, enjoy drinks and appetizers, and hear from Griffin and Blatt.

Phelps and Clifton opened the Chalk Talk session with Griffin and Blatt by asking them some questions about their goals for upcoming Cavs season and then moderated an open Q&A with the group. Among many topics, Blatt discussed his strategy and coach styles while Griffin shared that he didn't know of LeBron James' decision until just before the news broke!

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

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 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. 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