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!