Fox Sports Acquires SportsTime Ohio

The company also secures exclusive long-term local rights to broadcast Cleveland Indians baseball.

Fox Sports Media Group has acquired SportsTime Ohio, the regional sports network based in Ohio, the company announced Friday.

It has also secured long-term rights to locally broadcast Cleveland Indians baseball. For the past seven seasons, SportsTime Ohio has aired local Indians games; before 2006, they were televised on Fox Sports Ohio.

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Fox Sports Ohio reaches five million-plus homes in Ohio, parts of Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia. It broadcasts the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Xavier Musketeers, Cincinnati Bearcats.

As for SportsTime Ohio, the network also airs the Cleveland Browns, OHSAA football and basketball playoffs and championships and Mid-American Conference events.

"The acquisition of SportsTime Ohio solidifies our business in Ohio, and FOX Sports Media Group’s new long-term agreement with the Indians reunites the team with the FOX Sports family," said Jeff Krolik, executive vp, Fox Sports Networks, in a statement. "We look forward to once again showcasing the Indians to their fans, as well as working with the Indians ownership to continue to enhance the value of this iconic franchise."