Fox Sports Net Ohio And Time Warner Reach New Agreement To Offer Indians and Cavs Games As Part Of Expanded Basic Service

– Fox Sports Net Ohio and Time Warner Cable announced a new agreement which will enable over 200,000 additional Northeast Ohio subscribers to receive Indians and Cavs telecasts. Steve Liverani, senior vice president and general manager, Fox Sports Net Ohio made the announcement.

All Time Warner Northeast Ohio cable customers will now be able to receive all Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers games carried by Fox Sports Net Ohio as part of Time Warner’s Expanded Basic Service. Subscribers in Summit, Portage and Medina counties will also receive Columbus Blue Jackets hockey games as part of this service.

While some operational issues still remain, the new long-term agreement will reposition Fox Sports Net Ohio in early Spring 2001.

“We are thrilled to have reached this agreement just in time for our expanded 75-game Indians package,” said Liverani. “With the addition of the Indians and Cavs, all Time Warner cable customers now have the perfect compliment to the 11 p.m. Regional Sports Report and the rest of Fox Sports Net Ohio’s outstanding programming line-up.”

“This is something both sides have been working toward for a very long time,” said Time Warner Northeast Ohio Division President Steve Fry. “We have reached an agreement that is good for all our Northeast Ohio customers.”

In addition to the Indians, Cavs and Blue Jackets coverage on Fox Sports Net Ohio, subscribers will enjoy comprehensive NASCAR action, the latest Ohio sports news on the 11 p.m. Regional Sports Report, and innovative programming such as “Beyond the Glory”, FSN’s new contemporary documentary series.

Fox Sports Net Ohio is available to over four million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia.

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

Fox Sports Net reaches more than 71 million homes through its 21 regional sports networks.

Steve Pawlowski
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