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.