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Fox Sports Ohio
Fox Sports Ohio 2012 logo.png
Launched February 9, 1989 (1989-02-09)
(soft launch)
September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01)
(official launch)
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Fox Sports Networks
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, northwest Pennsylvania, West Virginia, southwest New York
National (via satellite)
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Formerly called SportsChannel Ohio (1989–1998)
Fox Sports Ohio (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net Ohio (2000–2004)
FSN Ohio (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s) SportsTime Ohio
Website www.foxsports.com/ohio
DirecTV Cleveland feed:
660 (SD)
660–1 (HD)
Cincinnati feed:
661 (SD)
661–1 (HD)
Dish Network Cleveland feed:
425 (SD)
5425 (HD)
Cincinnati feed:
427 (SD)
5427 (HD)
Available on most Ohio cable systems and select cable systems elsewhere in designated broadcast area Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
AT&T U-verse Cleveland feed:
734 (SD)
1734 (HD)
Cincinnati feed:
732 (SD)
1732 (HD)
Streaming media
Fox Sports Go www.foxsportsgo.com/
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)

Fox Sports Ohio is an American regional sports network that is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel broadcasts regional coverage of sports events in the state of Ohio, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Cleveland and Cincinnati, which are broadcast on separate programming feeds.

Fox Sports Ohio is available on cable providers throughout Ohio, as well as parts of Indiana, Kentucky, northwestern Pennsylvania, border communities of West Virginia, and extreme southwestern New York; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.


Fox Sports Ohio logo, used from 2008 to 2012.

The channel originally launched on February 9, 1989, with an official launch on September 1 of that year as SportsChannel Ohio. It launched as an affiliate of SportsChannel, a slate of regional sports networks operated as a joint venture between Cablevision and NBC. SportsChannel Ohio initially held the broadcast games from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians. The channel also aired select Cincinnati Reds games produced by SportsChannel Cincinnati, Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball and football games, and Ohio State Buckeyes sporting events (with the exception of football and basketball).[1]

In 1997, News Corporation and Liberty Media purchased a 40% interest in Cablevision's sports properties including the SportsChannel America networks (as well as Madison Square Garden and its NBA and NHL team tenants, the New York Knicks and New York Rangers) in a deal worth $850 million, forming the venture National Sports Partners to run the owned-and-operated regional networks.[2][3] As part of a gradual rebranding of the SportsChannel networks that began that month, SportsChannel Ohio was rebranded as Fox Sports Ohio in January 1998.

The channel was then rebranded as Fox Sports Net Ohio in 2000, as part of a collective brand modification of the FSN networks under the "Fox Sports Net" banner; subsequently in 2004, the channel shortened its name to FSN Ohio, through the networks' de-emphasis of the brand.

In February 2005, News Corporation (which spun off most of its entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox in July 2013) acquired Cablevision's ownership stakes in Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Florida, following an asset trade in which Fox sold its interest in Madison Square Garden, the Knicks and the Rangers, to Cablevision, in exchange for acquiring sole ownership of the two networks. The channel reverted to the Fox Sports Ohio moniker in 2008.


The network operates regional feeds for the Cleveland and Cincinnati markets, both branded as Fox Sports Ohio (but with the latter feed disambiguated in some electronic program guides and online television listings services as "Fox Sports Cincinnati"), which broadcast different events depending on the market. This arrangement can cause event conflicts in the Columbus market, which is located between Cleveland and Cincinnati. In the event of conflicting events between the two regional feeds (typically between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Blue Jackets and Cincinnati Reds, and the Reds and Cavaliers), cable providers in Central Ohio will carry the other game on an alternate channel.


Fox Sports Ohio holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers (since 1990), Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds (since 1991), the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets (since 2000) and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters. The channel also carries a select number of college basketball games involving the Xavier Musketeers (since 2005),[4] and the Cincinnati Bearcats (since 2008).[5]

The channel formerly broadcast Cleveland Indians games from the network's launch as SportsChannel Ohio, until FSN Ohio lost the rights as a result of the team starting (eventual sister channel) SportsTime Ohio in March 2006. Despite this move, Reds games continue to be blacked out in Northeast Ohio (the designated market area of the Indians), as well as national broadcasts of certain Indians games aired on other cable channels (deferring them to STO). Although the two networks came under common ownership following Fox's purchase of the latter in 2012, Fox Sports Ohio does not share broadcast rights to any sporting events with SportsTime Ohio and vice versa (unlike arrangements that exist between Fox Sports South and SportSouth, and Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports), with both networks maintaining their own respective team television contracts.

Notable on-air staff[edit]


Cincinnati Reds[edit]

  • Jeff Brantley – Cincinnati Reds color commentary
  • Thom Brennaman – Cincinnati Reds play-by-play
  • Jim Day – co-host Reds Live and Cincinnati Reds sideline reporter
  • George Grande – Cincinnati Reds play-by-play (1993–2009), fill-in play-by-play (2010–present)
  • Jim Kelch – Cincinnati Reds play-by-play
  • Jeff Piecoro – co-host of Reds Live and host of Reds Weekly
  • Chris Welsh – Cincinnati Reds color commentary

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

  • Fred McLeod – Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play
  • Austin Carr - Cleveland Cavaliers color commentary
  • Jeff Phelps – Cleveland Cavaliers pregame/halftime/postgame host
  • Campy Russell – Cleveland Cavaliers pregame/halftime/postgame analyst

Columbus Blue Jackets[edit]

College and high school sports[edit]

  • Dan Hoard - occasional host and contributor for Inside Bearcats Football and Inside Bearcats Basketball
  • John Cooper – analyst for Game Time with Urban Meyer
  • Brad Johansen – Xavier Musketeers basketball for non-conference games
  • Jim Lachey – analyst for Game Time with Urban Meyer
  • Jeff Phelps – high school football play-by-play (Cleveland)
  • Chris "Beanie" Wells – analyst for Game Time with Urban Meyer
  • Dave Lapham – high school football color commentary (Cincinnati)
  • Frank Stams – high school football color commentary (Cleveland)


External links[edit]

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