|Fox Sports Ohio
||9 February 1989
(as SportsChannel Ohio)|
||Fox Sports Networks
||Fox Entertainment Group
||Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Northwest Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Southwest New York
||SportsChannel Ohio (1989–1998)
Fox Sports Ohio (1998–2000)
Fox Sports Net Ohio (2000–2004)
FSN Ohio (2004–2008)
||660 (SD) / 660–1 (HD) (Cleveland feed)
661 (SD) / 661–1 (HD) (Cincinnati feed)
||425 (SD) / 5425 (HD) (Cleveland feed)
427 (SD) / 5427 (HD) (Cincinnati feed)
||734 (SD) / 1734 (HD) (Cleveland feed)
732 (SD) / 1732 (HD) (Cincinnati feed)
|Available on select cable systems
||Check local listings for channels
Fox Sports Ohio, formerly FSN Ohio and SportsChannel Ohio, is a regional sports network based in Ohio and member of the Fox Sports Networks group of channels. It is seen throughout the Buckeye state, as well as parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Northwest Pennsylvania, the border communities of West Virginia, and extreme Southwest New York.
The channel originally launched on February 9, 1989 and officially launched on September 1st of that year as SportsChannel Ohio, an affiliate of SportsChannel, a joint venture between Cablevision and NBC. It featured the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians. Select Cincinnati Reds games (produced by SportsChannel Cincinnati), Notre Dame basketball and football, and Ohio State sporting events (excluding football and basketball) were also aired.1 Along with the rest of the SportsChannel networks it was rebranded as Fox Sports Ohio in January 1998.
The network operates regional feeds for the Cleveland and Cincinnati markets, both branded as Fox Sports Ohio (but disambiguated in some electronic program guides as "Fox Sports Cincinnati"), which contain different events depending on the market. This arrangement can cause conflicts for Columbus, which is between both Cleveland and Cincinnati. In the event of conflicting events between the two regional feeds (typically between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Cavaliers, Blue Jackets and Cincinnati Reds, and Reds and Cavaliers)), cable systems in Central Ohio will carry the other game on an alternate channel.
Professional team partnerships with Fox Sports Ohio include the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, MLB's Cincinnati Reds, MLS' Columbus Crew, and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters. In college sports, it also carries a select number of Xavier University,2 and University of Cincinnati basketball games.3
Prior to the Cleveland Indians starting SportsTime Ohio in the 2006 season, Cleveland Indians games were on FSN Ohio. Despite this move, Reds games remain blacked out, for the most part, in Northeast Ohio (the Indians' claimed territory), as well as national broadcasts of certain Indians games aired on cable channels (deferring to STO).
- Access Cavaliers 2006–present
- Bearcat Sports Weekly 2008–present
- Blue Jackets Live 2007–present
- Cavaliers Live 2006–present
- Cavaliers Showcase Replays 2006–present
- Game Time with Urban Meyer 2011–present (simulcast on WBNS-TV channel 10 in Columbus)
- Musketeers Live 2011–present
- Reds Live 2007–present
- Reds weekly 2013–present