"Cavs Box Office Buyout"

In a network first, this Sunday night (Jan. 2, 2011) FOX Sports Ohio is “buying out the Cavs Box Office.” What that means for viewers is if you buy one ticket to the Wednesday, January 5th Cavs vs. Toronto Raptors game at The Q, you will get another one FREE courtesy of FOX Sports Ohio!

It's easy! Watch the Cavs take on the Dallas Mavericks this Sunday, January 2nd at 7pm on FOX Sports Ohio. During the game telecast, viewers will receive instructions on how to buy a ticket to Wednesday night’s game at The Q (which is also Antawn Jamison Bobblehead Night.) At that time, FOX Sports Ohio will buy out the Cavs Box Office, to provide you with two great seats for the price of one.

Make sure to act fast because this exclusive opportunity will only be offered during Sunday night’s game telecast. So tune in this Sunday for the FOX Sports Ohio “Cavs Box Office Buyout!”

FOXSportsOhio.com Gaining Popularity

FOXSportsOhio.com continues to be THE site to visit for all your latest Ohio sports news, videos, polls and in-game interaction. And with 2011 around the corner, the website is only gaining steam in preparation for the new year.

• December is the biggest month in the history of FOXSportsOhio.com.
• Page Views are up 30%
• Unique visitors are up 25%
• 40% of the site's total page views have been since Nov. 1.

As we enter into a new year, look for FOXSportsOhio.com to have even more breaking news coverage, unique and exclusive video coverage, and fan interaction!

Thank You Cavs Fans!

FOX Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers are always grateful for the viewers who continue to support the network and the team. So, we and the Cavs are featuring two “Viewer Appreciation Nights” during the 2010-11 season.

The first Viewer Appreciation Night, presented by Budweiser, was Wednesday, December 22 when the Cavs visited the Atlanta Hawks.

Once every quarter during the game, FOX Sports Ohio broadcast team gave a keyword and cue to enter to win various prizes. Fans could enter via text message or online at www.FOXSportsOhio.com. Later that same quarter, the broadcasters selected and announce a winner.

Over 10,000 viewers entered to win:

• Autographed Antawn Jamison Basketball
$100 in Gasoline Gift Cards
FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Prize pack

• Pair of Tickets to 1/5/2011 game (Antawn Jamison Bobblehead Night)
$100 in Gasoline Gift Cards
FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Prize pack

• Autographed Mo Williams Jersey
$100 in Gasoline Gift Cards
FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Prize pack

• Pair of tickets to the January 21, 2011 Cavs/Bucks game and *Benchwarmers opportunity
$100 in Gasoline Gift Cards
FOX Sports Ohio Cavs Prize pack
*Benchwarmers consists of winner and guest sitting on the home bench during pregame shoot-around and greeting players as they run onto the court before player introductions.

We'll be doing the second Viewer Appreciation Night in 2011 on a date to be announced.

We're All About the All Access

This month, FOX Sports Ohio took Cavs and Blue Jackets fans behind the scenes and gave them backstage access to their favorite team's games with ALL ACCESS NIGHT.

On December 18, the network provided inside access to the Blue Jackets - Stars game at Nationwide Arena. Fans gpt to see their favorite players’ pre-game routines with a live camera inside the Blue Jackets locker room before the game. The camera followed the players onto the ice and stayed with them through the National Anthem.

Viewers also got to experience the game through Assistant Coach Bob Boughner, as he wore a microphone during the course of the game. Head Coach Scott Arniel was on headset during the first period and was interviewed prior to the start of the second and third periods. John Michael also featured visits to the NHL off-ice officials’ area within the penalty box and the Blue Jackets video production room.

On December 20, FOX Sports Ohio provided the same experience to Cavaliers fans. While the Cavs hosted the Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena, Cavaliers Head Coach Byron Scott was mic'd up throughout the game and was featured in an interview at the start of the fourth quarter. The telecast also included a behind-the-scenes look at the Cavaliers locker room, the Scream Team, and the FOX Sports Ohio TV truck.

Both special telecasts additionally gave viewers at home the opportunity to interact with the broadcasters via FOXSportsOhio.com. As fans submitted questions online, select questions and comments were answered LIVE during the game!

The next Cavaliers All Access Night will be on Friday, January 21, 2011 when the Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks. FOX Sports Ohio's next Blue Jackets All Access Night is Saturday, February 5 when the Jackets take on the Edmonton Oilers. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss them!

A Game for MyCom

As part of FOX SupPORTS OHIO’s “Season of Support,” FOX Sports Ohio will feature the Cleveland Foundation’s MyCom program during the Cavaliers game telecast on Saturday, December 18.

MyCom, short for My Commitment, My Community, helps coordinate and fund local agencies that provide quality youth programs, including after-school activities, summer jobs and special help during school transitions to kindergarten, middle school, high school and beyond. MyCom’s partners are committed to providing kids with the positive experiences and caring adults they need to reach their full potential.

When the Cavs take on the New York Knicks at 7:30pm on Dec. 18, the network will highlight MyCom and provide fans an opportunity to make a financial donation. Fans can text Give4Cleve to 20222 to donate $5 to MyCom. They can also visit http://www.mycom.net/ to learn more and donate online.

One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to MyCom.

During the 7pm pre-game show, Cavaliers Live, the network will interview Lisa L. Bottoms, Program Director for Human Services and Child and Youth Development for the Cleveland Foundation. During the game, local children who benefit from the MyCom program will be in attendance of the game and will be interviewed as well.

For additional, detailed information on FOX SupPORTS OHIO, visit www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/support.

LeBron Returns, Traffic Spikes

The anticipation for LeBron James’s return to Cleveland to face his former team had been building ever since he announced his “decision” in July. Though the Dec. 2 Heat vs. Cavs game was exclusive to TNT, FOXSportsOhio.com became a leading news and information source and created unqiue content to cover the game.

LeBron effect on FoxSportsOhio.com traffic:

  • Game day (Dec 2): 50% increase in uniques, 40% increase in page views compared to average daily traffic

  • The aftermath (Dec 3): 100% increase in uniques and page views compared to average daily traffic

Live Chat Draws Record Number of Readers Despite No In-Game Promotional Platform

  • More than 3,600 readers visit FoxSportsOhio.com chat room despite telecast being on TNT.

  • Most readers for any stand alone chat to date on FoxSportsOhio.com.

More than a dozen articles within 24 hours of the game providing news and analysis, including:

Heavy interaction with more than 12,000 fans on Fox Sports Ohio’s Facebook and Twitter platforms about the game and related coverage.

Showing Cavs Viewers Our Appreciation

The final game of the Cavaliers 2009-2010 season featured Viewer Appreciation Night, where Cavs fans watching the game at home on FOX Sports Ohio could enter to win great prizes, including player autographed items and experience packages.

One of the winners finally got to enjoy her prize. On Tuesday, November 30, Cheryl from Brook Park, Ohio, and her guest, Tony, got to go behind the scenes with FOX Sports Ohio prior to a Cavs game.
While the Cavaliers were getting ready to take on the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena, Cheryl and Tony were getting an inside look at how FOX Sports Ohio prepares for the game. The evening began with a tour of the TV truck underneath the Q, followed by a chance to watch the Cavs and Celtics shoot-around from the floor.
Cheryl and Tony also made a stop at the VIP Lounge where Fred McLeod and Campy Russell shoot Cavaliers Live Pregame Show before heading to their seats to enjoy the game.

Bob Frantz joins Cavaliers Live

While FOX Sports Ohio’s co-host of Cavaliers Live, Dionne Miller, heads off on maternity leave, the network welcomes WTAM’s Bob Frantz to fill her role and serve as the new temporary co-host. For every Cavaliers away game starting Saturday, December 4, Frantz will sit alongside Campy Russell to co-host Cavaliers Live pre- and postgame shows until Miller’s expected return from maternity leave.

Frantz currently hosts "The Bob Frantz Show" on WTAM-AM 1100 from 7pm to midnight on weeknights, and following Cavaliers, Indians and Browns games.

Check out Bob Frantz's bio HERE on FOXSportsOhio.com