Air on FSN Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Liverani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FSN Ohio, and Columbus Crew Interim General Manager, Mark McCullers announced today that The Crew has partnered with FSN Ohio to televise three remaining Crew games locally in 2004.
FSN Ohio will televise the following three games, including two at home: Saturday, August 21 (7:30 p.m. vs. D.C. United at Crew Stadium), Saturday, October 2 (7:30 p.m. vs. Chicago at Crew Stadium), and Wednesday, October 6 (8:30 p.m. against Chicago at Soldier Field).
The August 21st home game will be the first appearance of teenage phenom Freddy Adu and D.C. United at Crew Stadium in 2004.
Widely recognized as the most talented young soccer player in the world today, the 15-year-old Adu became the youngest professional athlete in the history of modern American team sports when he took the field for his MLS debut on April 3, 2004.
The first overall selection in the 2004 SuperDraft by D.C., Adu has already played in 18 games and scored two goals and has one assist. An immigrant from Ghana who moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, Adu joined MLS after a stellar U.S youth national team career, which saw him star at both the Under-17 and Under-20 World Championships in 2003.
“As Ohio’s leading regional sports network, FSN welcomes the return of the Columbus Crew to our programming line-up,” said Liverani. “The Crew have terrific fans throughout the state, and we’re thrilled to bring MLS action home to them.”
“FSN Ohio has been a long-time partner with The Crew and we are excited that we will have three more games on their station,” said McCullers. “Not only have our fans been able to see the majority of our road games this year, now Columbus fans will be able to see two great home games.”
This will be the sixth year out of nine that Crew games have been shown on FSN Ohio, including the second consecutive season. Crew games were also on Fox Sports Net Ohio/SportsChannel Ohio from 1996-1999.
Fox Sports Net Ohio reaches more than 4.5 million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia. Fox Sports Net Ohio’s programming includes the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Cleveland Cavaliers, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, NASCAR and Beyond the Glory. Fox Sports Net Ohio is managed by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.
About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC:
A leader in sports, news and entertainment programming, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Rainbow Media owns and manages national networks: AMC, Fuse, IFC (The Independent Film Channel) and WE: Women’s Entertainment; as well as the on-demand services: Mag Rack, Uncensored On Demand, World Picks On Demand and World Picks Networks. Rainbow Media’s other businesses include its regional programming services – MetroChannels, News 12 Networks and Rainbow Sports Networks – in addition to the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. Rainbow Media is also a 50 percent partner in Fox Sports Net.