, March 23, 2000

Fox Sports Net And The Cincinnati Reds To Simulcast Opening Day with Local Over The Air Station

The FOX Sports Net affiliate in Ohio and the Cincinnati Reds today announced that the Monday, April 3 opening day game against the Milwaukee Brewers will be simulcast with WLWT Channel 5. Live coverage begins at 1:00 PM. Steve Liverani, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Net (Ohio) and John Allen, chief operating officer of the Cincinnati Reds, made the announcement.

Reds fans watching the game on WLWT will see a full FOX Sports Net production that includes the FOX BOX, a live on-screen display of the score, inning, count, runner position and pitch speed. George Grande, FOX Sports Net’s play-by-play announcer, and Chris Welsh, FOX Sports Net’s color analyst, will call the action for opening day against the Milwaukee Brewers live from Cinergy Field.

“With all the excitement surrounding this season’s opening day, we jumped on the chance to work with the Reds to provide this special opening day coverage for the fans in the Cincinnati area,” said Steve Liverani, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports Net. “With the success of last season and the recent addition of Ken Griffey, Jr., this year should prove to be even more thrilling.”

“The Reds are extremely happy to be teaming up with WLWT and FOX Sports Net to allow our fans that cannot attend Opening Day the opportunity to see the Reds start the 2000 season,” said John Allen, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds.

FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, a 50/50 joint venture between Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and News Corp.’s FOX Entertainment Group. Equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and FOX Entertainment Group, FOX Sports Net now reaches more than 68 million homes nationwide.

Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, majority ownership of Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of FOX Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets – Chicago, New York, New England, Florida, Ohio and San Francisco.


Kim McCarty

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