COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio announced December 10 a multi-year extension of their broadcast partnership in which the network will remain the exclusive television home of the National Hockey League club. FOX Sports Ohio has been the exclusive television partner of the Blue Jackets since the club’s inaugural 2000-01 season.
“One of our organization’s major strategic goals over the past 24 months was enhancing and extending our partnership with FOX Sports Ohio and we are very excited to have accomplished this,” said Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Business Operations Larry Hoepfner. “FOX Sports Ohio has made a significant commitment to our club through this extension and we appreciate the support the FOX organization has shown, and continues to show, in the Blue Jackets.”
FOX Sports Ohio is airing 79 Blue Jackets games in High Definition this season, marking the most extensive coverage and greatest number of HD telecasts of the club on the network in the history of the partnership. Coverage of Blue Jackets hockey on FOX Sports Ohio also includes the Blue Jackets Live pre- and post-game shows, as well as Blue Jackets Slap Shots, which airs weekly on Mondays throughout the season and at various special times during the off-season.
“We’re pleased to extend our partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets and remain the exclusive television home for all Blue Jackets programming,” stated Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports Ohio. “Our commitment is simple - to support the Jackets in their efforts, promote them throughout our footprint and provide exciting and engaging programming to viewers and fans. The Blue Jackets have been a terrific partner over the past 11 years and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship for many years to come.”
Following tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets return to action on FOX Sports Ohio on Tuesday when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel & Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus and online at BlueJackets.com.
FOX Sports Ohio, the area’s leading provider of local sports programming, is the television home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, Xavier Musketeers, Cincinnati Bearcats, Dayton Flyers, Big 12 and Pac-10 football, ACC and A-10 basketball, and Big East football and basketball. FOX Sports Ohio reaches over five million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia. www.foxsportsohio.com.
Single game tickets for Blue Jackets home games starting at $26 are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com, the official club web site, and www.ticketmaster.com. Full and partial season ticket plans for the Blue Jackets’ 2011-12 season are on sale now starting at less than $15 per game. For more information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.