Announcing Bearcats Ticket Office Takeover

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to give viewers an exclusive opportunity to experience University of Cincinnati Bearcats basketball live in action at Fifth Third Arena. FOX Sports Ohio is taking over the Bearcats ticket office for a “Ticket Office Takeover.”

During the 4pm Bearcats-Raiders game on this Saturday, Dec. 22, we will announce a special Bearcats ticket offer presented exclusively by FOX Sports Ohio. Throughout the game telecast, viewers will learn of the ticket offer details and instructions on how to take advantage of the offer.

Act fast because the special opportunity will only be available for FOX Sports Ohio viewers during Saturday’s game telecast. Tune in for FOX Sports Ohio’s Ticket Office Takeover!

FOX SuPPORTS OHIO's 2012 Season of Support

FOX Sports Ohio Celebrated the Holiday Season by Collecting Toys for Tots and Volunteering at Toys for Tots and the Cleveland Domestic Violence Center

As part of the 2012 Season of Support, FOX SupPORTS Ohio was honored to team up with Toys for Tots and Cleveland's Domestic Violence Center to give back to the community.

Toys for Tots

During the months of November and December, employees of FOX Sports Ohio and its neighboring South Hills businesses in Broadview Heights participated in a donation drive for the Toys for Tots.

The FOX Sports Ohio Girls actively promoted the collection drive through social media, and over 120 items were collected.


The Girls and FOX Sports Ohio staff delivered the toys to Toys for Tots and volunteered their time to help the marines sort and organize the donations. In this video, which is airing on FOX Sports Ohio as well as on FOXSportsOhio.com and social media, the FOX Sports Ohio Girls thank everyone who contributed to this year’s Toys for Tots collection drive.


For a full photo gallery from the delivery and volunteer time, click here.

Volunteering at the Domestic Violence Center “Twinkle Shop”

FOX Sports Ohio has been a long-time supporter of Cleveland’s Domestic Violence Center (DVC), and this holiday season provided staff the opportunity to give their time. In mid-December, the DVC hosted the “Twinkle Shop,” which provided women and children in need with the chance to shop and give to their families over the holidays.

The FOX Sports Ohio Girls and FOX Sports Ohio employees served dinner, helped children with various craft projects, and interacted with the 50 women and children who reside at the DVC’s shelter.

New "AC All Access" segment

FOX Sports Ohio recently launched a new Cavaliers Live pregame show segment where fans can ask Austin Carr questions through the FOX Sports Ohio Girls’ social media pages.

“AC All Access” has shown to be a great way to interact with fans via social media while promoting the FOX Sports Ohio Girls’ social media pages and Austin Carr on Twitter.

The first “AC All Access” aired prior to the Cavs-Suns game on Nov. 27th. The Girls solicited questions for Austin Carr from fans via Facebook and Twitter. They then selected and asked AC three questions during the segment.

Click below to watch the first one.

 
 
The second "AC All Access" was on December 11th when the Cavs hosted the Lakers. Click HERE to watch!

Bearcats Belk Bowl Preview Special

While the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team prepares for their matchup against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2012 Belk Bowl on Dec. 27th, FOX Sports Ohio will feature Bearcats Belk Bowl Preview Special.

This 30-minute show will premiere on Sunday, Dec. 16th at 1pm with five replays leading up to the bowl game.

In addition to scouting the Blue Devils, the show will introduce new Bearcats football coach Tommy Tuberville and discuss his background and coaching philosophy. Veteran players will share their thoughts on resiliency and taking the necessary steps to adjust to the coaching change. The show will also present “The Best Plays of the 2012 Season” as voted by fans on Facebook and Twitter.

Bearcats Belk Bowl Preview Special

Sunday, Dec. 16th at 1pm
Thursday, Dec. 20th at 6:30pm
Friday, Dec. 21st at 1pm
Saturday, Dec. 22nd at6pm (following the 4pm UC-Wright State basketball game)
Tuesday, Dec. 25th at 7p and 9:30pm

Watch the Cavs & Win a suite!

This holiday season, FOX Sports Ohio is excited to offer fans the chance to win a suite to a Cleveland Cavaliers game with the “Holiday Suite Weeks” giveaway.
Throughout the first three weeks of December, fans watching the Cavs on FOX Sports Ohio will have the opportunity each week to win a suite for 10 guests to a 2013 Cavs game, including food and beverage.
During the Cavs games each week, the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs broadcast team will give a keyword and cue to enter. Once viewers receive the keyword, they can enter to win by texting the keyword to 37664. Fans can also enter the keyword online at FOXSportsOhio.com by following the “Holiday Suite Weeks” links.

 
Each week’s lineup of Cavs games will feature a new chance to win. The first chance to win will be during the Cavs-Bulls game on Wednesday, Dec. 5th starting at 8pm.
· Watch and Win for Suite 1 – to Cavs v. Raptors on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7pm
o Wednesday, Dec. 5 Cavs v. Bulls 8pm
o Friday, Dec. 7 Cavs @ Timberwolves 8pm
o Saturday, Dec. 8 Cavs v. Pistons 7:30pm
· Watch and Win for Suite 2 – to Cavs v. Jazz on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7pm
o Tuesday, Dec. 11 Cavs v. Lakers 7pm
o Wednesday, Dec. 12 Cavs @ Pacers 7pm
o Friday, Dec. 13 Cavs v. Bucks 7:30pm
o Saturday, Dec. 14 Cavs @ Knicks 7:30pm
· Watch and Win for Suite 3 – to Cavs v. Magic on Sunday, April 7 at 6pm
o Tuesday, Dec. 18 Cavs v. Raptors 7pm
o Wednesday, Dec. 19 Cavs @ Celtics 7:30pm
o Friday, Dec. 21 Cavs v. Pacers 7:30pm
o Saturday, Dec. 22 Cavs @ Bucks 8:30pm

Are you ready for Redsfest?

FOX Sports Ohio is proud to once again be the title sponsor of this year’s Redsfest. It will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati this Friday, December 7 from 3pm to 10:30pm and Saturday, December 8 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 booth at the event, offering fans the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities.
  • The FOX Sports Ohio Girls will be on site to meet fans, play games, and give away prizes.
  • On Friday, fans will have the chance to have their photo taken behind the FOX Sports Ohio Reds Live desk.
  • On Saturday, Reds broadcasters Jim Day, Jeff Piecoro and Jim Kelch will stop by the tent throughout the event to sign autographs.

"Slap Shots in 60"

FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus Blue Jackets are pleased to introduce “Slap Shots in 60”, a series of 60-second vignettes highlighting Blue Jackets activities. 

"Slap Shots in 60” is hosted by Dave Maetzold and Natalie Taylor, and will feature various news, relevant topics, and events surrounding the Jackets.

Fans will see “Slap Shots in 60” running throughout FOX Sports Ohio programming beginning Tuesday, November 20th.
 

Toys for Tots Donation Drive!


FOX Sports Ohio and its charitable program, FOX SupPORTS OHIO, is asking fans and businesses to join them in supporting Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted from Monday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 13 at the FOX Sports Ohio Broadview Heights office as well as at additional locations on South Hills Blvd. All toys that are collected will be donated to Toys for Tots and redistributed to Greater Cleveland families in need.

Fans wishing to donate may visit any of the office lobbies of the three buildings located in the South Hills Blvd. Industrial Park in Broadview Heights, just off of I-77 & Route 82. Collection boxes will be located in each building’s main entrance lobby.

For additional information on FOX SupPORTS OHIO and Toys for Tots, visit www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/support and www.toysfortots.org.

Box Office Buyout Returns


Have you been down to The Q yet to catch Cavaliers action in person? Now’s your chance! FOX Sports Ohio is taking over the Cavs ticket office in the return of the Cavs “Box Office Buyout”.


There will be six Cavs games this season where we will announce a special Cavs ticket offer exclusively for FOX Sports Ohio viewers. Watch the Box Office Buyout games (listed below) on FOX Sports Ohio. During each game telecast, viewers will learn of the ticket offer details with instructions on how to take advantage of the offer. Make sure to act fast because the exclusive opportunity will only be available during the special game telecast.



The first Box Office Buyout this season will be on Tuesday, Nov. 13th when the Cavs take on the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30pm. The exclusive Cavs ticket offer will be announced during the 7pm Cavaliers Live pregame show as well as throughout the game.

FOX Sports Ohio will be taking over the Cavs box office on the following game dates:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • Wednesday, Dec. 19
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22
  • Friday, Feb. 1
  • Sunday, Feb. 24
  • Friday, Apr. 5

Go behind-the-scenes at Cavs home opener

The FOX Sports Ohio Girls Hallie & Sara were at Quicken Loans Arena hours leading up to the Cavaliers first home game. Check out this behind-the-scenes video, as they give you a taste of what it takes for the Cavs to put on the show.

Follow Austin Carr on Twitter

The legendary Austin Carr, FOX Sports Ohio's Cavaliers analyst, was ready to join the Twitterverse. During the Cavs home opener on Oct. 30, the network called upon fans to vote on his Twitter handle.

The poll on FOXSportsOhio.com included four potential handles.




Over the following days, hundreds of fans cast their vote. When the poll closed, Cavs Head Coach Byron Scott announced the winning handle, @MrCavalier34, on Cavaliers Live pregame show on Nov. 2.



AC's first tweet!
Once @MrCavalier34 went public, many welcomed AC to Twitter, including the Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, the Cavs, FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters, Cavs mascot Moondog, and many fans! And in just hours following the announcement, @MrCavalier34 had over 4,000 followers and growing.







Tip-tober Fan Photo Contest shows Cavs spirit

In the final week leading up to the Cavaliers home opener, FOX Sports Ohio & the FOX Sports Ohio Girls ran the Tip-tober Fan Photo Contest.
Cavs fans had the chance to win a pair of Cavs courtside seats by showing their team spirit! To enter, they had to submit a Cavs spirit photo via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TiptoberFan. The approved photos were posted on FOXSportsOhio.com.
All week long, the FOX Sports Ohio Girls and FOX Sports Ohio encouraged fans to enter the contest through a promo spot and on social media.
 


The Cavs, Cavs broadcasters, and various Cleveland radio partners also supported the effort by tweeting about the contest.





Approximately 60-70 photos were entered through the two photo sharing tools.

The FOX Sports Ohio Girls announced the winner during hour-long Cavaliers Live pregame show on Oct. 30 before home opener.


At the start of the Cavs game, FOXSportsOhio.com also showcased honorable mentions in a “Top Ten” feature story.

Winner of the Tip-tober Fan Photo Contest!




Allie Clifton wins over fans

Allie Clifton made her official debut as FOX Sports Ohio’s new Cavaliers sideline reporter on Tuesday, Oct. 30, when the Cavaliers opened their 2012-13 season at The Q with a 94-84 victory over the Wizards.



Upon announcing Clifton’s addition to the Cavaliers broadcast team, she was recognized by various media:
As the regular season approached, she made some in-studio radio appearances to get ready for the home opener:
 
·        LISTEN: Radio appearance on 1590 WAKR
·        LISTEN: Radio appearance on 850 WKNR

Shortly before the season, FOX Sports Ohio launched Clifton on Twitter - @FSOAllieOop.

Special Edition of Blue Jackets Slap Shots

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce a special edition of Blue Jackets Slap Shots, premiering Wednesday, November 7 at 6pm.

FOX Sports Ohio Blue Jackets broadcasters Dave Maetzold and Natalie Taylor host this special edition of Slap Shots from the FOX Sports Ohio studios. The 30-minute show features a behind-the-scenes look at John Davidson’s arrival as the Blue Jackets’ new president of hockey operations. Davidson talks to Jeff Rimer about why he wanted to come to Columbus and the goals he has set for the Jackets. Head Coach Todd Richards, General Manager Scott Howson and Senior Advisor Craig Patrick also weigh in with their thoughts on the addition of Davidson.

Fans will also see how the Blue Jackets hit the town to give back to the community in their own special way. The show additionally features highlights from Ice Week, Hockey Halloween, and much more!

Following the premiere on Wednesday, fans can catch a replay of the show on the following dates/times:
· Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm

· Friday, November 9 at 11:30am & 7:30pm

· Monday, November 12 at 6:30pm

Tip-tober creates Cavs excitement

FOX Sports Ohio's “Tip-tober”, the Cavaliers preseason campaign, gets fans ready for the Cavs season by fully integrating programming, production, marketing, PR, website and social media.
Production/Programming:
  • Two (2) live Cavs preseason games
  • Cavaliers Roundtable
  • Cavaliers Live: Season Preview
  • Replays of two (2) Cavs Showcase Games
  • Access Cavaliers
Marketing

  • Consistent and cohesive theme for all preseason tune-in spots, opens, and additional elements
  • Running countdown clock to Opening Night tip off
  • Daily coverage of the team on FOXSportsOhio.com by Cavs Insider Sam Amico (click for coverage)
  • Weekly online chats with Amico
  • Promotion of Tip-tober elements via The Daily Rundown, FOX Sports Ohio's daily email blast
 




Social Media:
  • Tip-tober Fan Photo Contest promoted by both FOX Sports Ohio Girls and network (more details to come in upcoming post)
  • Posted Cavs player jersey photos representing number of days until the season opener
  • Gave away regular season Cavs tickets the week leading up to the opener using trivia from FOXSportsOhio.com articles.
  • Promoted programming and web content using #Tiptober hashtag

PR

UC Basketball Coverage Announced

FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to announce its University of Cincinnati Bearcats 2012-13 basketball telecast schedule. 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 and one women’s game produced by the BIG EAST Network, bringing the total to 15 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 October 29 at 6pm with replays. In addition to featuring highlights from last season, the show will provide analysis of this offseason and projections of the upcoming season.

The complete schedule can be found HERE.
Coverage of Bearcats men’s basketball begins Sunday, Nov. 11th with a match-up versus Tennessee-Martin at 2pm. FOX Sports Ohio will also produce games featuring opponents including North Carolina A&T, Campbell, Arkansas-Little Rock, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Wright State. FOX Sports Ohio will also produce two women’s games featuring match-ups with Xavier and Seton Hall.

Tom Gelehrter, the Bearcats’ director of new media for the department of athletics, will do play-by-play for both men’s and women’s games produced by FOX Sports Ohio. Terry Nelson will be the color analyst for the men’s games while Betsy Ross will be the color analyst for the women’s games.

The Mick Cronin edition of Bearcats Sports Weekly premieres on Dec. 13 and will air Thursdays at 6pm. Additional replays will also be scheduled around the network’s programming later the same evening. The show will continue to be hosted by Gelehrter. Bearcats Sports Weekly will also be linked nationwide through the FCS (FOX College Sports) Network. Check local listings for times and dates.

Austin Carr Coming Soon to Twitter

Cavaliers analyst Austin Carr will be joining the Twitterverse this season! What do you think his Twitter handle should be? Cast your vote on FOXSportsOhio.com (poll is located on the left-hand side below the headlines.)

The new sideline reporter Allie Clifton is also on Twitter! Follow her @FSOAllieOop!

Sit Courtside at a Cavs Game!

Do you think you’re the biggest Cavaliers fan? Show us in the Tip-tober Fan Photo Contest! Submit your Cavaliers fan photo and you could WIN two courtside seats to the Cavs-Suns game on Tuesday, Nov. 27th at Quicken Loans Arena.


Beginning Today, October 22nd through Friday, October 28th, take a photograph showing your Cavs spirit and submit by sharing it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TiptoberFan. The most creative and exciting photo that shows your love of the Cavs, as determined by FOX Sports Ohio, will win two courtside seats to the Cavs-Suns game on Nov. 27th. The winning photograph will also be featured on air during Cavaliers Live pregame show at 6pm before the Cavs home opener on Tuesday, October 30th.



All submitted and approved photos will also be highlighted on FOXSportsOhio.com here: www.FOXSportsOhio.com/pages/fan_photo_contest.

Follow FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Ohio Girls on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for details. Fans 13 years and older can enter. Additional rules and information can also be found here: www.FOXSportsOhio.com/pages/fan_photo_contest.

Show your Cavs spirit in the Tip-tober Fan Photo Contest and you could be sitting courtside!

FOX Sports Ohio Girls Fall Adventures: Part 1


The FOX Sports Ohio Girls were at several events over the last few months. Here's a Part I video of their stops, including high school football games, Nationwide Arena, and Great American Ball Park!

Reds Live Postgame Show after every Reds playoff game

FOX Sports Ohio will present a one-hour Reds Live postgame show, presented by Leinenkugel Oktoberfest, immediately following Cincinnati Reds’ playoff games.


Reds Live is scheduled to air following NLDS games on Saturday, Oct. 6th, Sunday, Oct. 7th, and Tuesday, Oct. 9th, as well as Wednesday, Oct. 10th and Thursday, Oct. 11th should the series go all five games. Please visit www.reds.com for a complete NLDS schedule of game times and network coverage.

The NLDS postgame shows will be anchored from the Reds Live set at Great American Ball Park for home and away games. Chris Welsh and Jim Day will host from Reds Live desk, and Jeff Piecoro will report from the home or away field and clubhouse.

FOX Sports Ohio will also re-air the postgame shows from 8am – 9am the following weekday, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The network and FOX Sports Ohio Girls will additionally be at the Holy Grail in the Banks, courtesy of Miller Lite, an hour before each Reds NLDS playoff game with games and prizes! Fans are encouraged to join the party and cheer on the Reds.

Reds Ratings Reach All Time High


Viewership for Cincinnati Reds telecasts on FOX Sports Ohio reached an all-time high in 2012. The network’s 145 games averaged an 8.53 household rating in the Cincinnati DMA, according to The Nielsen Co., up 18 percent from 2011.

July of 2012, averaging a 9.27 household rating, was the highest rated month ever for Reds on FOX Sports Ohio. Of the network’s 145 game schedule, 93 prime time games averaged a 9.09 household rating. Additionally, the Reds averaged an 8.81 household rating during the Olympics.

The season average 8.53 household rating surpasses the previous season high of 7.45 in 2010. Available ratings data goes back to 1997.

Here are Reds ratings stories in the Cincinnati Business Courier & Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sara's playbook for staying healthy

Sara, the FOX Sports Ohio Girl, is on the cover of this month's "Balanced Living", a new magazine and website devoted to helping women in Northeastern Ohio live healthier lives and make educated healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. With a circulation of over 30,000 homes and businesses, Balanced Living reaches a wide audience and provides crucial health and medical information in a sophisticated and modern way.





Sara's cover story, "Off the Bench - the perils of prolonged sitting", addresses the risks involved in sitting for long periods of time, especially during a football game. She shows readers how to "stay active - without missing the game" through a variety of activities and stretches, and she shares one of her favorite healthy game-day recipes.

The complete October issue can be downloaded at balancedmag.com.