|Launched||March 12, 2006|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Broadcast area||Cleveland and northern Ohio
National (via satellite)
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports Ohio|
|Dish Network||421-21 (SD)
|Available throughout Ohio||Check local listings|
|AT&T U-verse||735 (SD)
SportsTime Ohio (STO) (also sometimes referred to on-air as Fox SportsTime Ohio) is an American regional sports network serving Cleveland and northern Ohio that is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks. The channel is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox, and is a sister network to Fox Sports Ohio. SportsTime Ohio primarily holds broadcast rights to the Cleveland Indians, but also broadcasts coverage of the Cleveland Browns, Mid-American Conference, and Ohio Machine.
The network is currently seen on Time Warner Cable and a number of other cable outlets in Northeast Ohio, as well as around the state. The network is also seen nationally on the DirecTV satellite service, as well as outside of Ohio on AT&T U-verse. Dish Network previously carried the network until the channel was dropped over a contract dispute in January 2014.
STO was launched on March 12, 2006 and founded by the family of Larry Dolan, owner of the Cleveland Indians, becoming the second regional sports network in the Cleveland area, joining Fox Sports Ohio. Cleveland Indians games were previously broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio. When Fox Sports Ohio was the exclusive local broadcaster of the Indians from 2002 to 2005, it was majority-owned by Dolan's brother, Charles' Cablevision Systems Corporation. Presently, SportsTime Ohio maintains rights to Indians baseball and cable rights to the Browns, while Fox Sports Ohio maintains rights to Cleveland Cavaliers basketball games.
However, the two rival networks would soon become sisters: on December 3, 2012, the Indians announced that it would sell SportsTime Ohio to Fox Entertainment Group, owners of Fox Sports Ohio. The deal was finalized on December 28, 2012. The network's staff was fully retained, with Katie Witham becoming a traveling reporter with the team. At the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, SportsTime Ohio was relaunched under the Fox Sports branding and imagery.
Original programming broadcast by STO include:
- All Bets Are Off - A daily three-hour live call-in show hosted by Bruce Drennan, with producer/sidekick Gene Winters and sports anchor Ashley Collins. The show generally airs Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with an encore airing from 12 to 3 a.m.) and Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. (during football season).
- The Tribe Report - A weekly show hosted by Al Pawlowski and former Indians pitcher Jason Stanford reviewing the week that was and previewing the week ahead for the Indians.
- Training Camp Daily - This show is filmed on the sideline of the practice field in Berea, where the show's personalities discuss the Browns upcoming season and interview players.
- Sunday Strategy - A panel discussion show with Jim Donovan, WKNR host Tony Grossi, and former Browns LT/current Browns radio analyst Doug Dieken. The show moves from topic to topic, previewing the Browns next game and discussing the opponent.
- Browns Red Zone - A show in which fans can call in and voice their opinions on the Browns, that airs Monday and Thursday nights. Monday's episode features Donovan, Dieken and Grossi, while Thursday's episode features WTAM host Andre Knott and Plain Dealer Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot.
- Browns Overtime - A Sunday night team produced postgame show hosted by Michael Reghi and Vic Carrucci.
- Beer Money - A game show in which hosts Ashley Collins and Ahmad Crump visit local bars and give contestants a chance to win money by asking Cleveland sports trivia questions.
- Tee It Up Ohio - An golf show that profiles courses across Ohio and offers tips starring local golf pro Jimmy Hanlin and former Ohio high school golf champion and 2009 winner of Golf Channel's The Big Break Carling Nolan.
- The Golf Zone - A weekly golf oriented call-in show hosted by Jimmy Hanlin.
- The Viking Basketball Report - A showcase of the Cleveland State University basketball team with head coach Gary Waters; hosted by Al Pawlowski.
- High School Football - STO airs a game of the week Friday nights during the season (on tape delay). Jeff Phelps and former Browns LB Frank Stams are the announcing team. STO also carries playoff games as well as the seven divisional State Championship games.
30 minutes before each Indians game, SportsTime Ohio airs Indians Live, a pre-game show hosted by Al Pawlowski and Jason Stanford. Matt Underwood (play by play), Rick Manning (color analyst), and Katie Witham (field reporter) serve as the Indians game day broadcast team. After the game, a post-game version of Indians Live airs.
STO broadcasts select minor league games from the Indians system, such as those of AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers and the single-A Lake County Captains. These games are generally shown on Indians' off days.
STO has been the official cable home of Cleveland Browns since its founding in 2006. It airs replays of all preseason games shown on WKYC-TV, as well as airing numerous Browns related shows during the season.
STO also airs seasonal programming for Notre Dame football and basketball, University of Akron football, and Cleveland State basketball. Additionally, STO airs the Horizon League basketball Game of the Week (including games featuring the Cleveland State Vikings) on Saturdays during the season.
High school sports
STO has broadcast some high school football and basketball since its launch. In 2007, STO announced it acquired the rights to some of the Ohio High School Athletic Association championships, including football playoff games, all seven division football championship games, boys and girls playoff basketball, and volleyball, soccer, hockey, and baseball championships. Time Warner Cable provides coverage in Dayton and Cincinnati, whose cable systems do not carry STO.