Late night, big ratings

Monday's Cincinnati Reds - Arizona Diamondbacks game went 15 innings, ending in a disappointing 2-1 loss for the Reds. Although the game lasted almost five hours, Cincinnati fans stayed tuned into FOX Sports Ohio and made the game the 2nd most watched game of the season (excluding the simulcasted Opening Day).

The game averaged 9.2 HH rating (83,500 households) in the Cincinnati market and from 10p to 11p, the average rating was 11.33 HH, 103,000 households!

Mission Accomplished!

On Monday, July 28th, SportsTime Ohio participated in the first ever MISSION SWISHER scavenger hunt at Progressive Field. 

Over 20 Cleveland Indians players joined 15 teams as they searched the ballpark for clues to find the ultimate prize, Terry Francona. 

Catcher Yan Gomes and pitcher Zach McAllister joined SportsTime Ohio’s team of eight, which finished in 3rd place overall and gathered BURST videos throughout the race.

The entire SportsTime Ohio team, including Indians players Gomes and McAllister as well as Gerard, the Indians guide.

FOX Sports Ohio Girls Sara and Bridget were part of the hunt, as one of the challenges was to find the Girls and take a video with them singing “What does the Fox say?”.  

Cleveland Indian Nick Swisher and his wife JoAnna hosted this first-ever charity event to raise funds for the Swisher Family Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to help all children in need with vital medical care, education and recreational activities.

The SportsTime Ohio team with Nick Swisher and wife JoAnna

The SportsTime Ohio team with Sara and Bridget.

The Columbus Blue Jackets MISSION SWISHER team,
which came in 2nd place, with Sara and Bridget

Teaming up with the Tribe to give back

On Friday, July 25th, SportsTime Ohio joined the Cleveland Indians in Business Volunteers Unlimited’s 8th Annual Summer of Service project to revitalize Forest Hill Park in East Cleveland.

The SportsTime Ohio Indians Fan Express drove Cleveland Indians staff and SportsTime Ohio volunteers, including FOX Sports Ohio Girl Bridget, to join over 300 young professionals from Cleveland businesses and the East Cleveland community to renovate the baseball fields and beautify Forest Hill Park. This park was once on the National Register of Historic Places and was home of John D. Rockefeller Sr.

The park is used by thousands in the East Cleveland community (dog walking, running, cycling) as well as various community athletic clubs and the Shaw HS baseball team. Each year over 6,000 Shaw graduates return for a reunion at the Park during Labor Day weekend.

More HERE on Indians Tribe Vibe blog or CLICK for more photos at the BVU Facebook page.

Living Fit

On Friday, July 25th, FOX Sports Ohio volunteered at the 2014 After-School All-Stars Live Fit Challenge where over 1,000 at-risk Ohio youth enjoyed a full day of fitness at The Ohio State University campus. 

FOX Sports Ohio Girl Sara emceed the event and kicked things off by singing the national anthem. FOX Sports Ohio Girl Kristine and staff led a yoga clinic. 

Reds Live pregame show also highlighted the event with a feature. Click for more information on and a photo gallery.

Training Camp Daily begins on SportsTime Ohio

Browns Training Camp begins Saturday, July 26th and SportsTime Ohio and will be at the practice field sideline all preseason long to introduce new players, interview players and coaches, provide updates on roster decisions, injuries, position battles and more.

Training Camp Daily, a half hour show on SportsTime Ohio, will air daily at 10:30pm or following Indians Live post-game show. The show is hosted by Jim Donovan and will feature other local Browns experts. will have a Training Camp Live page featuring BURST videos and Twitter feeds from Zac Jackson and Fred Greetham as well as topical updates and photos from the team producing Training Camp Daily.

Covedale Trip to Louisville

As part of our sponsorship of the Covedale Athletics this summer, the youth baseball team rode the Reds Fan Express to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory for a tour and pizza party. 

"First, it was the chance to ride in the Reds Opening Day Parade.
Second, was a week of Reds' baseball camp ending with the chance to meet Reds' catcher Devin Mesoraco.
Finally, the end to Covedale Athletics summer with FOX Sports Ohio?
A trip to learn about 'The Heart of the Game', the crack of the bat.
On Wednesday, the youngsters from Covedale Athletics loaded up on the Reds Fan Express and headed down to Louisville, Kentucky to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum.
The day started out with an in-depth tour of the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory where the boys and girls got to see how baseball bats for both the major leaguers and for aspiring pros like themselves are made.
"We learned how the bats were made. How much work it actually takes. And how fast they can build the bats and how different kinds of bats are made differently. The Major League bats are made with a different machine than a high school or college players bat," said Covedale's Teeyon Grote.
The Major Leaguer's bat being made when Covedale went on their tour?
Why Reds' right fielder Jay Bruce's of course!
Not only did they get to see one of their favorite player's bat being made, but also the boys and girls got to hold a model of the first bat Louisville Slugger ever made."

Here’s the full story with more photos.

Joe Haden Celebrity Softball

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden hosted a celebrity softball game on Thursday, July 17th at Classic Park, the home of the Lake County Captains. About 2,500 fans showed up to watch players including Brian HoyerMiles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Craig Robertson, Buster Skrine, Jordan Poyer, and of course, Joe Haden, compete.

FOX Sports Ohio Girl Bridget and writer Zac Jackson also took part in the action. Zac shares his experience in this story, which includes videos via BURST

All Bets Are Off did live look-ins during the game and photos were also posted on 

Kristine's trip to the #ASG

Tribe's TV ratings among best in MLB

Tribe's TV ratings among best in MLB
July 17, 2014

The Indians continue to languish near the bottom of Major League Baseball in attendance — at the All-Star break, the Tribe is 29th, with an average crowd of 18,402.

But the Indians have been producing big numbers for SportsTime Ohio.

According to an industry source, the Tribe’s average local TV rating this season is 5.94, a 13% increase from the same point in 2013. The Indians’ win over the White Sox on Sunday produced a 6.38 rating, which was 14% better than the local rating for the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

The Tribe’s local TV ratings are also among the best in MLB.

Monday, the Sports Business Journal analyzed the local ratings of baseball’s 30 teams. Through the first week of July, the Journal’s numbers showed the Indians’ average audience increase of 9,000 households (from 77,000 in 2013 to 86,000 this season) was tied for the fourth-largest in MLB.

Sports Business Journal only listed the five largest gains and drops in each category. The Brewers ranked fifth for the best average rating, at 5.91 through the first week of July. The Indians’ average rating has since risen to 5.94, which, depending on how Milwaukee’s ratings norm has changed, likely puts the Tribe among the best five or six teams in that category.

The Indians’ average audience of 86,000 households on SportsTime Ohio is significantly higher than such teams as the Rangers (71,000 households), Braves (67,000), Brewers (54,000), Nationals (46,000), Dodgers (40,000), Athletics (33,000) and Padres (32,000).

The Tigers have the best average local TV rating at 7.52, followed by the Cardinals (7.45), Pirates (6.37) and Reds (6.37).

The Reds’ TV home is Fox Sports Ohio, which purchased SportsTime Ohio from the Indians in late 2012.

In a few months, Fox Sports Ohio will be the local TV home of games featuring LeBron James.

Talk about a home run.

Welcome Home LeBron

Digital billboard artwork around
Northeast Ohio starting Sunday, July 13th.
Cleveland Plain Dealer ad
that ran on Sat. July 12th.
LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, July 11th, 2014 in a Sports Illustrated letter.
FOX Sports Ohio, the TV home of the Cavs, along with SportsTime Ohio and FOX Sports 1 teamed up to provide the most timely and in-depth coverage of the news, sharing facilities, cameras, transmission, and talent.
-Hosted by Michael Reghi and Kenny Roda, the show featured calls from fans from all over the country as well as live hits outside Quicken Loans Arena. 
-Guests including Cavs and NBA insider Sam Amico, writer Zak Jackson, FOX Sports Ohio Cavs broadcasters Campy Russell and Allie Clifton, University of Akron Men's Basketball Head Coach Keith Dambrot, St. Vincent-St. Mary Coach Dru Joyce, and more. 
-With the help of FOX Sports 1, the show also included reaction from Heat fans in Miami. 
  • FOX Sports Ohio Girl Sara was downtown Cleveland following the announcement to talk to fans in this VIDEO
  • FOX Sports Ohio airedFOX Sports 1’s America’s Pregame that late afternoon in Northeast Ohio.
  • FOX Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio carried FOX Sports 1’s FOX Sports Live that evening.
  • Click for’s reporting from experts like’s Sam Amico and Zac Jackson along with FOX Sports writers Sam Gardner, Jimmy Traina, and others.
  • Photos of fan reactino on

NEW Indians Live set

Have you seen the new Indians Live set? Check it out. If you're headed to Progressive Field for a game, stop by in center field, next to Heritage Park, to watch a show being done LIVE.

Indians honor past, present, future heroes on Independence Day

The Cleveland Indians presented a special in-park celebration on July 4th including a pre-game presentation of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award finalists, a surprise ceremonial first pitch for a soldier, and a postgame military enlistment ceremony.

June Ratings Nuggets

The Cleveland Indians most watched non-simulcast game on SportsTime Ohio occurred on Monday, June 9th w/ 9.1 HH rating (135K HH), a game in which Lonnie Chisenhall went 5 for 5 with three home runs and nine RBI, the first major leaguer ever to do so.

Both Cincinnati Reds on FOX Sports Ohio and Cleveland Indians on SportsTime Ohio beat out NBC’s local coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Final game on Friday, June 13th. With a rating of 6.5, the Reds beat the NHL game by a whopping 361%. The Indians, with a 4.78 rating, also out-rated the hockey final by 167%.

Highlighting the Indians Hall of Fame induction of Omar Vizquel in front of a sell-out crowd, the hour-long special Indians Live pregame show on SportsTime Ohio Saturday, June 21st earned a 1.8 HH rating, 74% greater than the average pregame show this season.
The Reds-Cubs game on Monday, June 23rd was the most-watched Reds game on FOX Sports Ohio in the month of June with an 8.6 HH rating, 33% higher than the season average rating.

The Indians 14-inning 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. June 24th ended around 3:15AM ET and tied for the longest game (5:32) in Chase Field history. Despite the late night, fans stayed up for the action. The game on SportsTime Ohio garnered a 4.5 HH rating and averaged a 3.6 HH from 1:00-3:00am.

The Reds-Giants game on June 29th got an 8.5, the 5th highest rated game of the season. and It beat out the combined rating of ESPN’s Big 3 events on Sunday of World Cup coverage from two games and an ESPN Sunday night game featuring the Yankees and Red Sox.

The Indians average rating in June was 6.1, the highest rated month this season by 5%. Year to year at the month's close, Tribe ratings are up 13%.

The Reds finished June averaging a 6.13 rating for the month with a season average of 6.4. The Redlegs are the 3rd highest rated team in the MLB and finished the month a half game out of 2nd in the NL Central.