FSOhio Carrying the Crew

FOX Sports Ohio and the Columbus Crew have entered into a new television rights agreement. It was announced today by Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports Ohio, and Mark McCullers, President & General Manager, Columbus Crew. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

FOX Sports Ohio will produce and televise 32 Crew soccer games, all in high definition. The first “Soccer Night in Ohio” featuring the Crew on FOX Sports Ohio will be Saturday, Mar. 10 at Colorado. The complete schedule is located HERE.

“I am extremely excited for our fans throughout the region that they will be able to follow the Crew on the top regional sports network in the state,” McCullers said. “Importantly, through this relationship with FOX Sports Ohio, the Crew brand reach will be substantially increased across the state and throughout the region, as will the brand reach of our corporate partners and advertisers.”

“As Ohio’s leading regional sports network, this deal was a natural for our network and we are proud to partner with the Columbus Crew,” stated Ford. “Crew fans will be given the same inside access and in-depth, state-of-the-art coverage of their soccer team that sports fans across the state have come to expect from FOX Sports Ohio. We look forward to growing our relationship with the Crew.”

Calling all the Crew action on FOX Sports Ohio will be Dwight Burgess, the original “Voice of the Crew,” with the play-by-play, and club icon Duncan Oughton with analysis. Joining them on home telecasts will be sideline reporter Ashleigh Ignelzi. More information on the broadcast team is available HERE.

The FOX Sports Ohio Girls Enjoying Cavs, Blue Jackets, & Fans

The FOX Sports Ohio Girls, Hallie and Sara, have been able to interact with fans at recent Cavs and Blue Jackets games.

On Feb. 9, the FOX Sports Ohio fan ambassadors attended the Blue Jackets - Stars game at Nationwide Arena where they enjoyed throwing FOX Sports Ohio goodies out to fans in the arena during a timeout. The girls also attended a Blue Jackets tweet-up, where they met several Blue Jackets bloggers and active Twitterers.

Then on Feb. 19, Hallie and Sara hosted fans in the FOX Sports Ohio suite at the Q for the Cavs - Kings game. The "Go to the Game with the Girls" facebook promotion had given winners Tim from Bellevue, Cheryl from Wooster, Danny from Elyria, Donald from Columbus, and Sofia from Seven Hills the opportunity to attend the game with the girls.

Fans can interact with Hallie and Sara on their Facebook and Twitter pages. More photos from these events and more are available on the FOX Sports Ohio Girls galleries page on FOXSportsOhio.com.

2012 Cincinnati Reds TV Schedule

FOX Sports Ohio today announced its 145-game Cincinnati Reds television schedule for 2012. The Reds regular season begins with their home opener on Thursday, April 5th at 4pm against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.

The entire schedule is available HERE.

The network will kick off its coverage of the home opener at 3pm with a special hour-long Reds Live pregame show, presented by Ray St. Clair Roofing. Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro will take the field to feature all the Opening Day festivities. FOX Sports Ohio is also happy to partner with Local 12 WKRC-TV to simulcast Reds Opening Day.

FOX Sports Ohio will continue its comprehensive pregame coverage of the Reds all season long with the return of Reds Live featuring co-hosts Day and Piecoro and feature reporter Brian Giesenschlag. The pregame edition of Reds Live, presented by Ray St. Clair Roofing, will once again provide fans with commentary, features, and in-depth pregame coverage of the Reds 30 minutes prior to every game telecast. Immediately following the final out of each game, the post-game edition of Reds Live, presented by Kings Honda, will feature highlights, player interviews and analysis.

Play-by-play announcers Thom Brennaman, Jim Kelch, and George Grande, and color analysts Chris Welsh and Jeff Brantley will return to the booth to call all the action this season.

Behind-the-scenes on all of FOX Sports Ohio’s Reds productions are producer Josh Hall; directors Brian Hunterman and Roy Alfers; and Reds Live producer Kent Weaver.

Go to a Cavs game with the FSOhio Girls

Want to go to a Cavs game with the FOX Sports Ohio Girls, Hallie and Sara? Like their Facebook page and enter to WIN the chance for you and a friend to go to the Cavs-Kings game on Feb. 19th. You could join Hallie and Sara in the FOX Sports Ohio suite for the game!

Click HERE to enter!

Ready for a March to Opening Day

Cincinnati Reds fans won’t have to wait until Opening Day to enjoy Cincinnati Reds baseball. In a “March to Opening Day,” presented by Tri-State Chevy Dealers, FOX Sports Ohio is excited for the return of Reds Classic Rewinds throughout February. As we head into March, the network will continue to feature coverage of the Reds with the live production of a Reds Spring Training game on March 5th and an all-new nightly show, Reds Live – Spring Training 2012, beginning March 12th.

Click HERE for a complete schedule.

FOX Sports Ohio will televise four (4) Reds Classic Rewind games, including three games from the 2011 season as well as a game from 1999 in honor of Barry Larkin’s recent election into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Rewind series, hosted by Jim Day, will feature thrilling games such as Opening Day 2011 v. Milwaukee - the Reds notched a walk off win after Ramon Hernandez’ slammed an opposite-field three-run homer. Other 2011 games include the game from July 15th when the Reds claimed a 6-5 win against St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Great American Ball Park, and the game from August 13th, the Reds-San Diego win that marked several Reds' season-highs and the largest winning margin of the season. Fans will also enjoy the Barry Larkin replay from May, 7 1999, in which Larkin went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, including a walk-off double.

FOX Sports Ohio debuts the return of this entertaining series Monday, February 6th at 7pm, with a new game every Monday.
As the Cincinnati Reds enter into their third Spring Training at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona, FOX Sports Ohio will televise the Reds Spring Training game on March 5th at 3pm EST in Goodyear when the Reds take on the Cleveland Indians. Thom Brennaman will call the game alongside Chris Welsh.

Finally, FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce a NEW nightly show, Reds Live – Spring Training 2012, that will air Monday thru Friday from March 12th to the 30th. Each weeknight starting at 6:30pm, Reds fans will get 30 minutes of Reds Spring Training news, notes, interviews and features. Jim Day, Chris Welsh, and Jeff Piecoro will host the show from the Reds Spring Training complex with appearances by Jeff Brantley, Jim Kelch, and Thom Brennaman. Various features of the show will also be available on FOXSportsOhio.com.

Following each new show every evening, the show will replay later that night at 10pm or following a FOX Sports Ohio live event. The show will also replay the following morning at 8:30am.