December 22, 2014

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Fox Sports acquires SportsTime Ohio

Fox Sports has acquired SportsTime Ohio, according to an announcement posted today on Fox Sports’ website.

SportsTime Ohio, a Cleveland-based regional sports network, has been offering local telecasts of Cleveland Indians games for the past seven seasons.

In addition, Fox Sports Media Group announced that it has secured the exclusive long-term local telecast rights for Indians baseball.

According to the announcement, Fox Sports Ohio serves more than 5 million homes throughout Ohio, as well as portions of Kentucky, Indiana, Western Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia.

Fox Sports Ohio also televises the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Xavier Musketeers and Cincinnati Bearcats as well as offering Cleveland Browns programming, OHSAA football and basketball playoffs and championships and Mid-American Conference events, according to the website posting.

“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 vice president, Fox Sports Networks. “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.”

Cleveland Indians Chief Executive Officer Paul Dolan said: “We look forward to a long-term partnership with Fox that will continue to bring state-of-the-art broadcasts of Indians games to the fans while strengthening the franchise and enhancing our ability to build competitive teams.”

The web announcement did not include monetary figures; however, Cleveland.com reported Fox Sports paid $230 million to buy STO, and the purchase gives Fox an estimated 10-year deal to broadcast Indians games worth an estimated $400 million.

Read Saturday’s Chronicle for more on this story.