Spectrum Sports (Ohio)

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Spectrum Sports
Spectrum Sports logo.png
LaunchedSeptember 1998; 20 years ago (September 1998) (central Ohio),
April 2004; 15 years ago (April 2004) (SW Ohio),
August 2006; 12 years ago (August 2006) (NE Ohio),
September 2009; 9 years ago (September 2009) (statewide)
ClosedJanuary 2019; 4 months ago (January 2019)
NetworkSpectrum Sports
Owned byCharter Communications
Broadcast areaCleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, Akron, Ohio & surrounding areas
HeadquartersColumbus, Ohio
Formerly calledTWTV, Time Warner Cable Sports 24, Time Warner NE Ohio Network (NEON), Central Ohio Sport! TV, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
Sister channel(s)Spectrum Sports (New York),
Spectrum Sports (Wisconsin),
Spectrum Sports (Kansas City),
Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles)
Spectrum Sports (Florida)
WebsiteNortheast Ohio
Mid Ohio
Southwest Ohio
Availability
Cable
Spectrum Mid-Ohio, NE Ohio, SW Ohio systems311 (SD)
1311 (HD)
510 (SD) (formerly Insight)
511 (HD) (formerly Insight)

Spectrum Sports is a defunct regional sports network serving Ohio and parts of northern Kentucky, southern Michigan and western Pennsylvania operated by Charter Communications through its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in May 2016. Broadcasting on Channel 311 and 1311 exclusively on Time Warner Cable systems.

History[edit]

The channel began in September 1998 [1] in Columbus, Ohio as a partnership between Insight Communications and Time Warner Cable called "Central Ohio Sport! Television." Similar channels debuted in February 2004 to Dayton and in 2006 to Cincinnati [2] as TWTV and in Cleveland and Akron/Canton,_Ohio as NEON. In August 2012 the service replaced four regional part-time sports channels (Central Ohio Sport! Television, TWTV, Time Warner Cable Sports 24, and NE Ohio Network) into a three-zoned statewide sports network that serves 83 of Ohio's 88 counties.

On November 17 and 18, 2015, the network aired Before The League - a documentary series on the history of professional American football in Ohio.[3]

It was the broadcaster of the Columbus Crew, one of the original Major League Soccer franchises; Mid-American Conference college football and basketball including University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Ball State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, University of Toledo, and Western Michigan University; Wright State Raiders, Dayton Flyers basketball; and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The channel airs supplemental local shows, smaller collegiate sports, and other minor professional sports within the Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania franchise areas of Time Warner Cable.

In January 2019, the channel was shut down, as part of a larger effort to divert their resources to the new Spectrum News 1 channels.[4][5][6] Ohio High School Athletic Association football championships will move to the new channel, which launched November 2018.[7]

Programming[edit]

The network held the rights to:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No one covers Central Ohio like Central Ohio Sport! TV" (Press release). Northwest Columbus News. May 31, 2000. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sports games a boost for Time Warner" (Press release). Dayton Business Journal. January 16, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "'Before the League' documentary targets pre-NFL era". Ironton Tribune. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Spectrum Networks' new all-Ohio news channel aims to focus on 'issues-based' coverage". Columbus Business First. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  5. ^ Ferree, Ben (2018-11-16). "Columbus Crew TV partner changes channels with Spectrum Networks' new direction". Pro Soccer USA. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  6. ^ "Charter pulls the plug on Spectrum Sports Wisconsin channel". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  7. ^ "Spectrum News 1 to Televise All Seven OHSAA State Football Championships". spectrumnews1.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.