Maple Heights Student Video Wins Be On TV Contest

FOX Sports Ohio and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) are excited to announce the winner of their Teen “Be On TV” contest that ran in support of National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16 thru 22. Ohio teens were encouraged to submit their own video telling their friends why it’s important to follow safe driving practices.

The video entitled “Texting While Driving” by students of Maple Heights High School has been selected by the network and ODPS to air during the Cleveland Cavaliers game this season.



Maple Heights’ winning video, made by and starring students Brandon Clay and Kadeem Hatten, offers a unique look at the dangers of texting while driving. The video will be posted here on FOXSportsOhio.com and on Facebook as well.

When reviewing the entries from all over the state of Ohio (approximately 30), ODPS and FOX Sports Ohio narrowed it down to six finalists, all whose videos will be posted on FOX Sports Ohio’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Raising awareness for teen driver safety is critical because 16-year-olds have the highest crash rate per mile driven of any age group and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens aged 16 to 18. In partnering with ODPS, FOX Sports Ohio hopes to raise awareness for this issue and promote smart and safe driving practices among Ohio’s teens.http://www.foxsportsohio.com/
FOX Sports Ohio announced today the 2011-12 Cavaliers telecast schedule including all 66 regular season games in high definition.
The network’s coverage of the Cavs’ regular season begins Monday, Dec. 26th at 7pm when the Cavs host the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. FOX Sports Ohio will also air a special hour-long Cavaliers Live Pregame Show on Dec. 26th at 6pm. The complete schedule can be found HERE on Cavs.com.

Austin Carr will continue to spice up the color analysis for the entire 66-game schedule. Joining him on the floor will be veteran play-by-play man Fred McLeod, calling the games for his sixth season. Jeff Phelps returns to the Cavs’ in-game broadcast team for his 9th season, where he will be seen on the sideline for all Cavaliers’ games.

Cavaliers Live returns, providing fans with commentary, features, and in-depth pre-game coverage of the Cavaliers 30 minutes prior to every game telecast. The Halftime Report will break down the first half of the game and offer insights in preparation for the second half. And immediately following the final buzzer of each game, the post-game edition of Cavaliers Live will feature highlights, player interviews and analysis. The shows will once again be hosted by Phelps and Campy Russell for home games. Russell, a nine-year NBA veteran, former Cavalier and member of the Cavalier’s All-Time Team, has been a member of FOX Sports Ohio’s analyst team since 2005. For road games, Russell and Dionne Miller return to host the pre-game show from the FOX Sports Ohio Studio and Phelps will report from the game site.

Miller will also return as host of Cavaliers in the Paint, premiering Tuesday, January 3rd at 6pm. This show provides the most up-to-date news and highlights surrounding the Cavs.

Countdown to Cavs

After much anticipation, FOX Sports Ohio is excited to prepare for Cleveland Cavaliers basketball! The network is helping get fans ready with “Countdown to Cavs,” over a week of special Cavs preseason programming. Featured programs include:


• Two (2) live Cavaliers preseason games in HD

Cavaliers Roundtable

Cavaliers Live: Season Preview

• Re-air of Have a Good Night Everybody, 60-minute tribute special in honor of Joe Tait

• Replays of two (2) Cavaliers Showcase Games

• Re-air of the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, the high school basketball all-star game featuring Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson

Access Cavaliers

In the “Countdown to Cavs,” fans can also visit FOXSportsOhio.com for daily reports and breaking news from Cavs insider Sam Amico. FOX Sports Ohio’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also keep fans up-to-date on the days leading up to the season.

A complete schedule and more detials of "Countdown to Cavs" programming is available HERE.

Ready for Redsfest?

FOX Sports Ohio is proud to be the title sponsor of this year’s Redsfest, the Cincinnati Reds’ offseason event featuring fan interaction with current and former Reds players, interactive games for kids of all ages, hard-to-find memorabilia and much more! It will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on this Friday, December 2 from 4pm to 10:30pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11am to 6:30pm. Proceeds from the event benefit the Reds Community Fund.

As the TV home of the Cincinnati Reds and title sponsor of Redsfest, FOX Sports Ohio will have a tent at the event, offering fans the opportunity to play games, win prizes, and participate in a variety of activities. All fans who visit the FOX Sports Ohio tent will have the chance to register to win an autographed Jay Bruce mini helmet.

On Friday, FOX Sports Ohio will be shooting footage of the event, and fans will have the chance to share their favorite Reds memories on camera for possible on-air inclusion next season. On Saturday, Reds broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro will stop by the tent throughout the event to sign autographs.

Announcing New Blue Jackets Sideline Reporter


FOX Sports Ohio is excited to welcome Natalie Taylor to the Columbus Blue Jackets broadcast team as the new sideline reporter.

An Ohio native, Natalie joins the network with over eight years’ experience as a sports reporter and news broadcaster. She is a huge NHL hockey fan and is thrilled to be covering the Columbus Blue Jackets. Local viewers will recognize Taylor from WSYX / WTTE, where she has anchored weekend sports segments, reported for “Good Day Columbus,” hosted “The Football Fever,” and served as on-site reporter for high school football.

“The decision to select the new Blue Jackets sideline reporter was not an easy one,” stated Henry Ford, FOX Sports Ohio Senior Vice President and General Manager. "Natalie Taylor has tremendous broadcast experience and a deep passion for the game of hockey. She is an outstanding addition and will compliment one of the most experienced and talented broadcast teams in the NHL."

Prior to returning home to Ohio, Taylor spent four years with FOX Sports South, working for two years as a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) and two years reporting on SEC college athletics. She also previously worked for HDNet, where she was a NASCAR pit reporter as well as a sideline and feature reporter for the network during the inaugural year of the United Football League.

Taylor has a wealth of experience reporting for additional sports networks across the country, including FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN 2, Comcast SportsNet, Outdoor Live Network (now Versus), and more. Taylor is also no stranger to FOX Sports Ohio, as she was a reporter for the network’s Bowling Green State University programs in 2003.

Taylor’s first game will be Thursday, December 8th, when the Blue Jackets play host to the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena at 7pm. During this game, Taylor will share the sideline with John Michael. Michael will say farewell to Blue Jackets fans before he begins his new role as the Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play radio announcer.

FOXSportsOhio.com’s Prep Zone Features Live High School Basketball


FOX Sports Ohio continues its commitment to high school sports by adding live high school basketball to its FOXSportsOhio.com lineup. The network will produce and stream 24 high school basketball games on FOXSportsOhio.com as part of FOX Sports Prep Zone, which was successfully launched this past fall.

The Scoop

• Each week, FOXSportsOhio.com will stream live high school basketball match-ups from around the state of Ohio.

FOX Sports Prep Zone includes 24 Ohio high School basketball games this regular season.

Technology

• Multi-camera production teams are scheduled to visit schools each week.

• Game coverage includes on-site announcers, replays and graphics.

Schedule

• FOX Sports Prep Zone basketball begins in December with these match-ups:

Friday 12/2 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary @ Garfield Hts. 7:30pm

Tuesday 12/6 Elyria @ Berea 7:30pm

Saturday 12/10 Cleveland Hts. @ Maple Hts. 2:00pm

Tuesday 12/13 Canton Timken @ Akron Manchester 7:30pm

Friday 12/16 Shaker Hts. @ Warren Harding 7:30pm

Tuesday 12/20 Shaker Hts. @ Euclid 7:30pm

Wednesday 12/28 Dayton Dunbar @ Canton McKinley 7:00pm

Thursday 12/29 St. Thomas Aquinas @ Canton CC 7:30pm

• A schedule of additional upcoming games can be found on FOXSportsOhio.com/pages/PrepZone.
In addition to streaming live games from around the state of Ohio, FOXSportsOhio.com’s Prep Zone page also features regular recruiting reports, game previews, and a weekly Top 25 in Ohio high school basketball.

FOX Sports Ohio’s “Season of Support” Is Underway


As Ohio’s leading regional sports network, FOX Sports Ohio is proud to give back to the community this holiday season. Its charitable effort, FOX SupPORTS Ohio, has launched “Season of Support,” a program in which serves the underprivileged in the Cleveland and Columbus communities through raising awareness, fundraising, and volunteering.

Awareness and Fundraising Campaign for Columbus After-School All-Stars

FOX Sports Ohio has partnered with the Columbus After-School All-Stars to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization. In a mission to provide free, quality comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life, Columbus After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive programming to elementary and middle school children. 


FOX Sports Ohio has been working with Columbus After-School All-Stars to boost awareness of their causes through a series of PSA’s and features to run on the network. FOX Sports Ohio’s production crew visited Southmoor Middle School and Heyl Elementary School to gather footage. Columbus Blue Jackets Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, and John Moore joined the network’s visit to Heyl Elementary to speak with students about the importance of school and fitness as well as assist with sports clinics. The features shot at the schools will run on FOX Sports Ohio during Blue Jackets Live pregame shows.


Photos taken at the visit to Heyl Elementary School with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The network will also feature a special “Season of Support” Blue Jackets telecast committed to raising awareness for the Columbus After-School All-stars on December 8, when the Jackets play the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena at 7pm. The PSA’s and features will run during the pre-game show as well as throughout the game. FOX Sports Ohio will also interview children who benefit from the program.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are also supporters of Columbus After-School All-Stars and recently donated street hockey equipment to be used in three schools in which the program operates: Heyl Elementary School, Southmoor Middle School and Champion Middle School.

Season of Support Collection Drive for Cleveland Foodbank and Toys for Tots

Now through December 31st, employees and guests of FOX Sports Ohio and its neighboring businesses are invited to participate in a collection drive for the Cleveland Foodbank and Toys for Tots. FOX Sports Ohio is currently hosting a collection drive at its Broadview Heights headquarters. Collection boxes are located in the main entrance lobby of the network’s Broadview Heights headquarters as well in as the other building in the South Hills Blvd. Industrial Park. The Cleveland Foodbank is in need of nonperishable food and household items and Toys for Tots collects toys for children in need throughout Greater Cleveland. 

Volunteering at the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center “Twinkle Shop”

FOX Sports Ohio has been a long-time supporter of Cleveland’s Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC), and this holiday season provides staff the opportunity to give their time. In mid-December, the DVCAC hosts the “Twinkle Shop,” which provides women and children in need with the chance to shop and give to their families over the holidays. FOX Sports Ohio employees spend the evening supervising children and helping them make holiday crafts and gifts.
While preparing to televise its final H.S. football game of 2011 between Eastlake North and Willoughby South, FOX Sports Ohio learned of Eastlake North's place kicker, Anthony Bagliano. 
FOXSportsOhio.com's story that ran on MSN's main carousel packaged the story with a video and photo gallery less than 24 hours prior to the live game.

*The feature by Sam Amico was the 2nd-highest viewed in the month, drawing more than 30X the audience of a typical front-page article. 

*The photo gallery was the 2nd-most visited in October, earning 8X the page views of the next-highest gallery. 

*FOX Sports Ohio’s high school producer Jeff Platz put together a special video feature  that aired during FOX Sports Ohio’s live telecast of the game as well as on FOXSportsOhio.com. This video had the most hits of any FOX RSN's site during the month of October.

*Despite being a battle of unranked teams, the Thursday streaming (run in parallel with live telecast) registered 3X the viewership of the previous three weeks, and was the 3rd most viewed video stream of the entire season. 

Let the Shootout Showcase Begin

FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to feature youth hockey players from all over Ohio all season long in a “Shootout Showcase,” presented by Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Eleven youth hockey clubs from around the state entered teams to compete in a single elimination shootout tournament. Each team consists of three shooters and one goalie.
 
The following organizations will be represented: The Columbus Chill Youth Hockey Association, Columbus Blue Jackets Girls Hockey, Easton Youth Hockey Association, Newark Ice Hockey Association, Capital Amateur Hockey Association, Springboro Hockey Association, Euclid Youth Hockey Association, Columbus Ice Hockey Club, Butler County Youth Hockey Association, Findlay Amateur Hockey Association and Troy Youth Hockey.
“Doubling the number of teams participating this year truly allows the Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio to showcase the talent from the various youth associations represented from around the entire state,” stated J.D. Kershaw, Vice President of Marketing for the Blue Jackets. “This truly is a great event for the kids that hopefully will be around for years to come.”
During Blue Jackets Live, the network will air one shootout every Saturday Blue Jackets game through Saturday, March 17, 2012, whittling down to the final two teams. The final two teams will compete live at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 30th, when the Jackets host the Panthers at 7pm. FOX Sports Ohio will televise the final shootout live.

“Everyone at FOX Sports Ohio is particularly proud of the Shootout Showcase,” said FOX Sports Ohio’s Director of Marketing Alex Slemc. “Aside from being an exciting and compelling piece of programming, it is an outstanding way to promote youth hockey while celebrating the hard work and effort these kids and parents put into their sport all year long.”
All of the shootout segments will also be available on http://www.foxsportsohio.com/ and http://www.bluejackets.com/.

Fly Away to Florida!

Nothing beats heading to Florida in the middle of winter to watch the Jackets. FOX Sports Ohio, The Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbia Gas have teamed up to offer the Florida Fly Away Giveaway, a contest where fans have a chance to win a player autographed puck and a trip for two to Florida.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 3rd, fans who watch the Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio will be given a Florida Fly Away keyword to enter online for the chance to win an autographed puck. Fans can also text the keyword to 37664. Each game in the twelve-game window from Thursday, Nov. 3rd through Tuesday, Nov. 29 is a new chance to win!

One fan will be randomly selected from the twelve nightly qualifiers to win the Florida trip, which includes round-trip airfare from Columbus; accommodations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort; and tickets to watch the Blue Jackets play the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 24, 2012.


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UC Bearcats Basketball on FSOhio

FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to announce its University of Cincinnati Bearcats 2011-12 basketball telecast schedule, presented by Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers. The network will produce six men’s and two women’s games this season. In addition, the network will carry six men’s basketball games as part of the BIG EAST Network, bringing the total to 14 UC basketball games on the state-wide network.

FOX Sports Ohio further prepares for the start of the Bearcats basketball season with a preview show. The 30 minute Inside Bearcats Basketball Preview special will premiere November 9 at 6pm with replays throughout the week. In addition to featuring highlights from last season, the show will provide analysis of this offseason and projections of the upcoming season.

Announcing Flyers Hoops Schedule

FOX Sports Ohio, the regional home of Dayton Flyers basketball, and the University of Dayton announced today its men’s basketball package for the 2011-2012 season.

FOX Sports Ohio will produce and televise six men’s basketball games. Tip-off for the first Flyers game on FOX Sports Ohio is Wednesday, November 30th as Dayton hosts Buffalo. A complete schedule is HERE.

Play-by-play announcer Jeff Piecoro and color analyst Derrick Dukes return to the FOX Sports Ohio broadcast table to call all the action.

Piecoro just completed his 14th season with FOX Sports Ohio and 13th season as host of the Reds Live pre- and postgame shows. The broadcast veteran started his career in Lexington, Kentucky where he worked at WTVQ- TV, the ABC affiliate, and WLEX- TV, the NBC affiliate, as weekend sports anchor and sports reporter.

A Cincinnati native, Dukes was a four-year starter at the University of Dayton under former Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Indiana Pacers Head Coach, Jim O’Brien. As a point guard, he scored 1,061 points, passed for 497 assists, garnered 375 rebounds, and made 166 steals, during his college playing career. Dukes is the only player in UD’s 100+ years basketball history to lead the team in assists four consecutive seasons and one of only five players in school history to score over 1000 points and pass for at least 495 assists during their career. He was the team MVP for the 1992-1993 basketball season. He started his broadcast career with WHIO-TV (CBS affiliate in Dayton), Time Warner Regional TV Sports, and WHIO-Radio Show “Flyer Feedback” during the 2005 college basketball season.

"Countdown to Face Off" Builds Excitement for Blue Jackets

In preparation for Columbus Blue Jackets season, FOX Sports Ohio launched a preseason promotional campaign, “Countdown to Face Off,” to create excitement for the upcoming season.

Highlights include:

*Special preseason programs, including a Summer Tour show shot in Canada

*Fans selected Showcase Games via voting on FOXSportsOhio.com

*Marketing campaign including player profile spots, tune-in spots, digital advertising, & on-site events

*Social media promotion resulting in 10% increase in FOX Sports Ohio Facebook fans

*Hour-long live pregame show Opening Night on the arena plaza & pregame party

Xavier Musketeers Basketball on FOX Sports Ohio

FOX Sports Ohio, the television home of Xavier Musketeers basketball, and Xavier University announced its complete Xavier men’s basketball package for the 2011-2012 season.

Xavier’s 2011-12 schedule on FOX Sports Ohio includes 14 regular season games, consisting of eight games locally-produced by FOX Sports Ohio, five games produced by CBS Sports Network, and one FSN national game. There is also the possibility the network could carry one A-10 Tournament game in March, 2012 pending Xavier’s participation.

FOX Sports Ohio will additionally produce Musketeers Live, a 30-minute pregame show before each of the locally-produced games.

Slap Shots is Back

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce the return of Blue Jackets Slap Shots, premiering Monday, October 10 at 6pm.
This 30-minute show, hosted by FOX Sports Ohio Blue Jackets broadcaster Ray Crawford, delivers all the action on the Blue Jackets, on and off the ice. Blue Jackets Slap Shots is a week-in-review show that not only recaps previous games and breaks down future match-ups, but also features the best interviews and highlights as the Jackets battle through the 2011-2012 NHL season.

The show will also give Jackets fans the chance to be part of the show and interact with the FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters via “Ask The Experts.” Fans can visit the Blue Jackets page on FOXSportsOhio.com and submit questions that could be answered by Bill Davidge or Jeff Rimer in an upcoming show.

Following the premiere on October 10, fans can catch a new show every Monday at 6pm. Replays will also run during the week surrounding Blue Jackets games.

In addition to Blue Jackets Slap Shots and the live game telecasts, FOX Sports Ohio will feature extensive coverage of the Blue Jackets on FOXSportsOhio.com all season long.

FOXSportsOhio.com celebrates record month

FOXSportsOhio.com had a record September despite the lack of performance by major Ohio teams.



  • Showed that we can generate significant traffic by jumping on news rather than simply covering games.
  • Set new traffic record for monthly unique visitors and page views: achieved largest number of unique visitors in a day, surpassing previous high by 17%.
  • Views exceeded unique visitors, indicating visitors were returning to the page or flipping through comments to take part in the conversation.
  • The additional discussion has led to a 30% increase in pages viewed per visit over the last five months vs. the first four months of the year.  

Game On Columbus Presents Jackets this Month

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce that “Game On Columbus” is the presenting sponsor of the network’s coverage of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the month of October.

“Game On Columbus” is a new, grass-roots collaboration created by the Blue Jackets, Clippers and Crew, along with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, to ignite the spirit of hometown fans and raise "Columbus Sports Pride" for the city’s professional sports franchises.

Make your debut on Blue Jackets Fan Cam

FOX Sports Ohio has teamed up with Budweiser for another season of Blue Jackets Fan Cams.
Throughout the Columbus Blue Jackets season, FOX Sports Ohio and Budweiser will be hosting pregame events at various hots spots downtown Columbus. Jackets fans will have the chance to answer trivia questions and be on TV. The Fan Cam segments will run following each Blue Jackets game, during the postgame edition of Blue Jackets Live. Fans will also have the chance to play fun games and win cool prizes at every event.

We invite all Blue Jackets fans to come out and participate. The pregame events run 6-7 pm. The first event at Boston's was prior to the Jackets preseason game against the Capitals on Sept. 21. Get ready for Fan Cam on Opening Night on Friday, October 7 at R Bar.
 
See below for the complete Fan Cam schedule:
 

Network to air 10 Monsters games

FOX Sports Ohio announced today its 2011-12 telecast schedule of the Lake Erie Monsters. The network will televise the Monsters’ productions of ten games beginning Friday, October 28 at 7:30pm when the Monsters host the Toronto Marlies at Quicken Loans Arena.

A complete schedule of the Monsters on FOX Sports Ohio is below.

Calling the games will be the new “Voice of the Monsters,” Doug Plagens, who begins his first season with the team in 2011-12. Plagens comes to Cleveland from Youngstown, where he served as a television sports anchor and reporter at the local CBS, FOX and ABC affiliates. He was previously the radio and television play-by-play broadcaster for the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars). While there he was named the 2010 ECHL Broadcaster of the Year. Plagens received his bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and his master’s from Syracuse University.

Plagens will be joined by Cleveland hockey legend Jock Callander, who will provide color commentary. Veteran Cleveland sports broadcaster Kenny Roda will return for his fifth season as rinkside reporter and intermission host on all telecasts in 2011-12.

Day Date Time Opponent

Fri 10/28/2011 7:30 PM vs. Toronto

Fri 11/11/2011 7:30 PM vs. San Antonio

Fri 12/16/2011 7:30 PM vs. Grand Rapids

Thu 1/26/2012 7:00 PM vs. Toronto

Sat 1/28/2012 1:30 PM vs. Hamilton

Thu 2/23/2012 7:00 PM vs. Hershey

Sun 3/4/2012 3:00 PM vs. Charlotte

Thu 3/22/2012 7:00 PM vs. Chicago

Sat 3/24/2012 7:30 PM vs. Toronto

Sat 4/14/2012 7:30 PM vs. Rochester

*schedule subject to change


Blue Jackets 30 Prizes in 30 Days

The Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio want to give Facebook followers the chance to win one of 30 amazing daily prizes with "30 prizes in 30 days". Win Blue Jackets season tickets, trips, exclusive experiences, meet Blue Jackets players and more!
Everyday, starting September 7 one lucky Jackets fan will be selected to win that day’s prize. Prizes include game tickets in awesome seats or suites, shopping sprees, meet & greets and lunches with players, autographed merchandies and more!

Enter HERE!


For a calendar of prizes click here.
For a list of winners and prizes click here.

Prize Eligibility
Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter.
  • Sweepstakes Starts September 05, 2011 @ 09:30 pm (EDT)  
  • Sweepstakes Ends October 06, 2011 @ 07:00 pm (EDT)
Need more Details? Read the Official Rules

OSU Buckeye Football: Pregame Program - In-Game Chat

Game Time with Luke Fickell is a weekly 60-minute show with Ohio State Buckeyes Head Football Coach Luke Fickell shot LIVE from Ohio Stadium on the Ohio State University campus. It will air on FOX Sports Ohio every Saturday from 11am – 12 Noon beginning Saturday, September 3.

This program will give viewers an inside look at the university’s football program, game strategy, and key game match-ups prior to each Ohio State Football game. Game Time with Luke Fickell will run for 13 weeks, through Saturday, December 3rd (no show on 10/22 due to bye week).

When the OSU football programs are not on FOX Sports Ohio, Buckeye fans can get the latest news and stats, vote on polls and watch videos on FOXSportsOhio.com. Currently, the website has been following the Buckeyes through training camp, with reports and video coverage as well as weekly features by Jeff Seemann and Zac Jackson. Seemann will host live online chats for every Ohio State football game this season. Jackson will continue to cover Ohio State football via his Jackson’s 5 blog as well as feature articles.

The Votes are in for Jackets Showcase Games!


Last month, FOX Sports Ohio gathered a list of nine of the best games in Blue Jackets history. Among them were the highest-scoring game in club history, the Jackets’ most lopsided win, the game that clinched their first playoff appearance, and a last-minute win secured when Rick Nash scored “the Goal”.

For several weeks, fans voted for their favorite game on FOXSportsOhio.com. The votes have been tallied and FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce the top four Blue Jackets Showcase Games that will be replayed on the network this month!
4th: March 9, 2001 – 7-6 Overtime win at Florida

The highest scoring game in club history saw the Jackets overcome 2-0 and 4-2 deficits, take a 5-4 lead and fall behind 6-5 before tying the game at 14:46 of the third and winning it 43 seconds into overtime. Deron Quint led Columbus with 3-1-4, recording the first hat trick by a CBJ defenseman.
3rd: March 12, 2009 – 4-3 Shootout win vs. Pittsburgh

Steve Mason stops Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the shootout.
2nd: January 17, 2008 – 4-3 win at Phoenix
Rick Nash scores “The Goal” in a 4-3 win.
1st: April 8, 2009 – 4-3 Shootout win at Chicago
Needing one point to clinch the first playoff appearance in franchise history, Columbus overcame 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to earn that point when Rick Nash scored at 14:30 of the third period to force overtime before 21,536 fans at United Center. Fedor Tyutin added the game-winner in the shootout.
Schedule on FOX Sports Ohio:
Monday, Sept. 5 @6pm: Game 4 March 9, 2001 – 7-6 Overtime win at Florida
Sunday, Sept. 18 @5pm: Game 3 March 12, 2009 – 4-3 Shootout win vs. Pittsburgh
Wednesday, Sept. 21 @7pm - Game 2 January 17, 2008 – 4-3 win at Phoenix
Wednesday, Sept. 28 @7pm - Game 1 April 8, 2009 – 4-3 Shootout win at Chicago 

FOX Sports Ohio further prepares for the start of the Jackets’ season with other Countdown to Face Off programming. Click HERE for more details!

FSOhio Enters TV Deal with Xavier University

FOX Sports Ohio and Xavier University have entered into a three-year television rights agreement for XU men’s basketball. It was announced today by Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports Ohio, and Mike Bobinski, Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

FOX Sports Ohio will produce and televise a minimum of eight men’s basketball games each season. Stay tuned for more information on HD coverage.

"Our partnership with FOX Sports Ohio has become an important part of our success as an elite college basketball program," said Bobinski. "FS Ohio allows our overall television coverage to be amongst the finest of any major program in the country. Our presence on FOXSports Ohio gives us an unsurpassed ability to connect with our fans and alumni."
“Xavier University has been an important and long-time partner, and we're very pleased to extend our relationship with this new agreement,” stated Ford. “Xavier's priorities are our priorities, and we look forward to working closely with Mike and his team to deliver the absolute best television experience for viewers, fans and alumni.”
Key an eye on FOXSportsOhio.com for an announcement regarding FOX Sports Ohio's schedule of Xavier games.

79 CBJ Games - all in HD

FOX Sports Ohio will be carrying 79 regular season Columbus Blue Jackets games, all in high definition!

FOX Sports Ohio’s coverage of the Jackets begins on Friday, October 7 when the club opens the 2011-12 season at home at Nationwide Arena with a 7pm match-up against Central Division rival Nashville Predators.

Of the Blue Jackets’ complete 82-game schedule, FOX Sports Ohio will NOT be able to televise the following three games due to Versus (NBC Sports Network beginning January 2) exclusivity:
  • Wednesday, October 12th vs. the Colorado Avalanche (national broadcast window)
  • Wednesday, March 28th vs. the Detroit Red Wings (televised on NBC Sports Network)
  • Thursday, April 5th at the Colorado Avalanche (televised on NBC Sports Network)
Coverage each game night will begin with Blue Jackets Live pre-game show, presented by Central Ohio Toyota Dealers, featuring highlights, player interviews and analysis 30 minutes prior to each game. On Opening Night, FOX Sports Ohio will feature a 1-hour pre-game show. Immediately following the final horn, the coverage will continue with the post-game edition of Blue Jackets Live, presented by IGS Energy.
Broadcast Team

In-game: The FOX Sports Ohio/Blue Jackets broadcast team features play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer alongside color analyst Bill Davidge. John Michael will return for his third season as rink side reporter

Blue Jackets Live: Preceding home games, Davidge will additionally co-host Blue Jackets Live from Nationwide Arena with Ray Crawford. For all away games, Crawford will co-host the show from the studio with David Maetzold. While in this new role, Maetzold will continue to provide his outstanding feature segments for Blue Jackets Live.

High School Football Like Never Before

FOX Sports Ohio will produce 36 high school football games during the regular season. Twelve of these games will be televised live as part of FOX Sports Ohio’s High School Football Game of the Week each Thursday night during the regular season. The remaining 24 games will be produced and streamed live on FOXSportsOhio.com on Saturdays as part of FOX Sports Prep Zone, which was successfully launched this past weekend.

The Download

• Each week, FOXSportsOhio.com will stream live high school football match-ups from around the state of Ohio.

• FOX Sports Prep Zone includes 24 Ohio high School football games this regular season.

Technology

• Multi-camera production teams are scheduled to visit schools each week.

• Game coverage includes on-site announcers, replays and graphics.

Social Media

• Fans will have access to a library of instant video clips powered via Snappy TV technology.

• Clips can be shared virally with family and friends via Facebook and Twitter within seconds.

Schedule

FOX Sports Prep Zone launched on August 27 with these five football match-ups:

o Pickerington Central vs. Moeller

o Winton Woods vs. Lakota West

o McNicholas vs. Newport Catholic

o St. Xavier vs. Springfield

o Boardman vs. Benedictine

Week 2 features these two games on Saturday, September 3:

o Rocky River v. Trinity 7pm @Bedford Stadium

o Huber Heights Wayne @ Canton McKinley 7:30pm @Fawcett Stadium

• A schedule of upcoming FOX Sports Prep Zone games can be found on FOXSportsOhio.com.

In addition to streaming live games from around the state of Ohio every Saturday, FOXSportsOhio.com’s Prep Zone page also features the latest news surrounding high school football, from match-up previews, recruiting updates, and Ohio’s 15 best high school teams.

Ready for Week 1 of High School Football?

High school football returns! FOX Sports Ohio has increased its commitment to high school sports by expanding its high school football coverage this season to 36 games, both on FOX Sports Ohio and on FOXSportsOhio.com. And it’s kicking off this season with a bang: the Thursday game going national on all FOX Sports regional networks across the country and five BIG match-ups on Saturday.
“After more than five seasons delivering exciting high school football match-ups on our network, we’re very proud to expand the effort to FOXSportsOhio.com. Starting this weekend, we will combine the appetite for high school athletics with the growing ease of viewing content on the Web,” stated Henry S. Ford, Senior Vice President & General Manager, FOX Sports Ohio. “We’re also very pleased that our first televised game of the year has been selected for national distribution. That says a lot about the quality of high school sports in the State of Ohio.”
Avon Lake @ Avon – Thursday, August 25, 7pm

• As part of High School Football Game of the Week, this game will be simulcast on FOX Sports Ohio and FOXSportsOhio.com.

National TV! All FOX Sports regional networks will carry this game.

 FOX Sports Prep Zone – Saturday, August 27
 
• FOX Sports Prep Zone includes 24 Ohio high school football games that will stream live exclusively on FOXSportsOhio.com.

 • The inaugural day of FOX Sports Prep Zone on August 27 will begin at 12pm on FOXSportsOhio.com and feature these five football match-ups:

  • Pickerington Central vs. Moeller - Nippert Stadium, Univ. of Cincinnati - 12:00pm
  • Winton Woods vs. Lakota West - Nippert Stadium, Univ. of Cincinnati - 2:45pm
  • McNicholas vs. Newport Catholic - Nippert Stadium, Univ. of Cincinnati - 5:30pm
  • St. Xavier vs. Springfield - Nippert Stadium, Univ. of Cincinnati - 7:00pm
  • Boardman vs. Benedictine - Bedford Stadium - 7:00pm

Ohio Teens: Here’s Your Chance to be on TV!

FOX Sports Ohio Calls for Teen Driver Safety Videos in Support of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Efforts for Teen Driver Safety Week

Ohio teenagers now have the chance to be creative, make their own video, and maybe even be on television! The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16 thru 22 and FOX Sports Ohio is showing support by providing local teenagers an opportunity to be on television in November.

How can safe driving teens be on TV? ODPS is asking them to create and submit a video telling their friends why it’s important to follow safe driving practices. This video should incorporate the slogan “Drive by the Rules. Keep the Privilege.” Guidelines, rules and regulations, and the entry form are posted at www.FOXSportsOhio.com/pages/teendriversafety. Teen videos submitted from 2009 Teen Driver Safety Week are also posted online. Here is the winner of the 2009 campaign!


ODPS will select the video(s) to air during a FOX Sports Ohio telecast. Other selected videos that follow the guidelines will be posted on FOXSportsOhio.com as well as FOX Sports Ohio’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
The video entry deadline is October 31, 2011.

Sending Fans to the Air Show

FOX Sports Ohio is giving fans the chance to win tickets to the The Cleveland National Air Show this upcoming Labor Day weekend! Simply like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and look for the daily key word or phrase. Then visit the entry page on FOXSportsOhio.com to enter it for your chance to win.

Look for a new key word or phrase posted on Aug. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30. Good Luck!

Reds Live Brings Home the Hardware


The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences recognized FOX Sports Ohio for its commitment to quality programming by awarding the network an Emmy Award at its 47th annual ceremony on July 30th, 2011.

Emmy Award winner:

Sports - Regularly Scheduled Daily or Weekly Program
Reds Live, FOX Sports Ohio
Kent Weaver, Doug Johnson, Tom Farmer, Matt Sigafoos


Congratulations to the Reds Live team!



Getting Ready to Count Down!

Columbus Blue Jackets fans won’t have to wait until Opening Night to enjoy Blue Jackets hockey. As the team gears up for what will be an exciting 2011-12 season, FOX Sports Ohio is helping fans get ready too by featuring special Blue Jackets programming throughout the month of September in a “Countdown to Face Off.”

In the “Countdown to Face Off,” FOX Sports Ohio will feature replays of some of the best Blue Jackets games, as voted on by fans, as well as a Summer Tour road show, the Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, and a Morning Sports Report Special. A complete listing of the “Countdown to Face Off” schedule is found HERE.

For the Showcase Games, fans get to choose which games they will see! We've gathered a list of nine of the best games in Blue Jackets history. Among the nine are the highest-scoring game in club history, the Jackets’ most lopsided win, the game that clinched their first playoff appearance, and a last-minute win secured when Rick Nash scored “the Goal”. The top four games, as voted on by fans via FOXSportsOhio.com, will make the air, with the first game on Monday, Sept. 5 at 6pm. For a complete list of the nine potential Showcase Games and to vote for your favorites, visit http://www.fox%20sportsohio.com/pages/countdown_to_face_off/.

Serving Hungry Guests in Need

This week, FOX Sports Ohio employees volunteered at Walnut Hills Kitchen in Cincinnati, Ohio. They spent the afternoon doing everything from cutting and preparing food to serving meals to guests and cleaning up.

Our team worked with a few members of a local youth group and some other volunteers who are there regularly. 


Father Thomas Bokenkotter, founder of the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen, the Oldest Soup Kitchen in Cincinnati, as well as the Walnut Hills Kitchen and the Walnut Hills Pantry, opened the kitchen to provide guests with nutritious hot meals in a clean, kind and welcoming environment.
Their mission statement is “To help alleviate hunger in our community by feeding the poor in an environment of respect, care and hospitality." They call the people they serve our ‘Guests,’ because they want them to feel welcomed and to maintain their dignity during what is a trying time in their lives.

Living Fit with All-Stars


The partnership that began last summer between FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is still going strong!

On Friday, July 29th, over 1,000 kids, ages 7 – 17, participated in the Columbus After-School All-Stars’ 2011 Live Fit Challenge held at The Ohio State University’s French Field House. The event was a full day of sports, fitness, enrichment, and brain game clinics and competition. Kids that participated in the event were challenged to take charge of their own health, to stand against child obesity, and to be advocates for their generation’s well-being.

FOX Sports Ohio employees got in on the action by volunteering for the event and engaging kids in various fitness activities.

Having been an athlete most of my life I know the importance of eating a balanced meal and being active. It’s important for the mind and the body. I was thrilled to volunteer for the Live Fit Challenge and give the kids a variety of ideas on ways to stay active. Jumping jacks, push-ups or yoga, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re having fun! – Jacqueline Bryant, Marketing & Sales Coordinator
It was an honor to be a part of such a wonderful and important event. Encouraging kids to get active, play outside and live a healthy lifestyle is something that most adults need to be reminded to do as well. After-School All-Stars presented those ideas in a very interactive and entertaining way. We look forward to being a part of it again next year. – Stephanie Mileham, Marketing Manager
Over the past 10 years, ASAS Columbus has served more than 150,000 economically disadvantaged children through events like the 2011 Live Fit Challenge.

The Ultimate 2nd Screen Experience

Watching the Cincinnati Reds on FOX Sports Ohio just got even better! FOXSportsOhio.com recently launched Game Connect, the ultimate second screen experience. Now fans can catch the live action on TV while following up-to-the-minute game stats and social media conversation about the Reds on FOXSportsOhio.com's Game Connect.

Game Connect features live stats for each player, including batter vs. pitcher career information, a pitch count fuel tank, and a built-in Twitter feed, so you can follow and participate in the online chatter about the Reds. It also has a spot where fans can send a question to the broadcasters during the game.



The best way to learn about Game Connect is to try it! The next time the Reds are on, visit FOXSportsohio.com and experience the game in a whole new way.

Jackets in the summer?


FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to announce a new summer program, Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, premiering this Thursday, July 28 at 9pm. This 30-minute special will bring viewers up to speed on their team’s off-season news as host Ray Crawford guides fans through the Jackets’ busy summer.

The show includes a brief recap of the NHL Entry Draft, examines the club’s free agent acquisitions and takes a look at the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Color Analyst Bill Davidge goes one-on-one with newly acquired All-Star center Jeff Carter and new defenseman James Wisniewski, while FOX Sports Ohio has an exclusive interview with team captain Rick Nash, who shares his thoughts on the club’s off-season moves. Viewers will also hear from General Manager Scott Howson on the recent signing of veteran forward Vinny Prospal.

Jackets fans also won’t want to miss a segment featuring 2010 first round pick Ryan Johansen and the club’s young prospects as they trade in their skates for spatulas for a cooking class during development camp!

Click here for the show schedule.

High School Football Returns

FOX Sports Ohio is excited for the return of High School Football Game of the Week. Once again, the network is bringing its Emmy Award-winning live coverage of high school football action between celebrated rival match-ups into homes this season with 12 exclusive games that will air LIVE Thursday evenings this fall.
 This season, the network is excited to feature an integrated schedule, including local match-ups as well as high-profile games from around the state. “We’ve improved this year’s high school football schedule to take full advantage of our reach and maximize exposure for the schools and students,” says FOX Sports Ohio Executive Producer Tom Farmer. “Each game will not only be televised locally, but it will also be shown throughout our entire distribution area.”

The network is also pleased to once again simulcast the games online. Each week, the games will stream LIVE on FOXSportsOhio.com. Furthermore, the site looks forward to a new layer of coverage as we will follow the performances of hotly recruited high school athletes and potential future players of Ohio’s leading college teams. Stay tuned for an announcement about an expanded high school football package exclusively on FOXSportsOhio.com.

The ten weeks of high school football action on FOX Sports Ohio kicks off Thursday, August 25 at 7pm. LIVE coverage will begin 15 minutes prior to game time each week.