It's Draft Week!

It's Draft Week and FOX Sports Ohio will be out at the team Draft Parties as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Cavaliers make their picks.


Cavs fans are invited to a FREE party at The Q to watch as the excitement of the 2011 NBA Draft unfolds! The Cavaliers Official 2011 NBA Draft Party on Thursday tips off at 6pm for a night of fun and festivities with the Cavaliers Game Entertainment Team and draft night coverage with FOX Sports Ohio Cavs broadcasters Austin Carr and Campy Russell and play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod LIVE from the FOX Sports Ohio Stage at the Q.

Starting at 6:45pm and throughout the night, the insightful trio of Carr, Russell and McLeod will provide exclusive in-depth analysis on the 2011 Draft prospects. There will be live updates on Q Tube from Cleveland Clinic Courts where Cavs GM Chris Grant will be coordinating the draft. When ESPN goes live with the broadcast of the NBA Draft, all eyes will be on Q Tube to watch who will be the Cavs #1 and #4 overall picks of the first round. The Cavs also have the #32 and #54 overall picks, which are in the second round. The first pick is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Concession stands will be open with a variety of food and refreshment options, including $1 dogs and $1 sodas! Entertainment, interactive games and contests for the whole family will take place on The Q’s concourse and arena floor - AND all fans who come out to the Draft Party will receive a numbered “lottery ball” for the opportunity to win prizes!

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The Blue Jackets currently have the rights to seven picks, including one first-round selection (8th overall), at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, to be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota this Friday. The  Jackets invite fans to Nationwide Arena for a host of activities surrounding live first-round coverage, and FOX Sports Ohio will be on hand to be part of the festivities. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The party starts at 6 p.m. on the floor of the arena with live Draft coverage set to begin at 7 p.m.

Blue Jackets Matt Calvert, Derek MacKenzie and 2010 first-round pick Ryan Johansen will be on hand  to sign autographs, while the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free T-shirt.

In conjunction with the VERSUS telecast shown on the video scoreboard, FOX Sports Ohio broadcaster Bill Davidges along with team broadcasters George Matthews, Bob McElligott alongside Blue Jackets Radio Network host Mark Wyant, will anchor the radio broadcast live on 1460 ESPN starting at 7 p.m. In addition, Jeff Rimer will contribute analysis and interviews direct from the Draft.

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