Monday, August 1, 2011

Fox Sports Ohio announces pre-season programming

[DBJ note: Looks like FSO is raising their game as they enter the last season of their current contract with the Blue Jackets.  Win for the fans!  Now, what about broadcasting every game in high-def?  And why no preseason game broadcasts?]


Vote for your favorite Jackets Showcase Game on The top 4 will make the air!

Columbus, OH – Columbus Blue Jackets fans won’t have to wait until Opening Night to enjoy Blue Jackets hockey. As the team gears up for what will be an exciting 2011-12 season, FOX Sports Ohio is helping fans get ready too by featuring special Blue Jackets programming throughout the month of September in a “Countdown to Face Off.”

In the “Countdown to Face Off,” FOX Sports Ohio will feature replays of some of the best Blue Jackets games, as voted on by fans, as well as a Summer Tour road show, the Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, and a Morning Sports Report Special. A complete listing of the “Countdown to Face Off” schedule is below.

Ohio’s leading regional sports network will telecast four Blue Jackets Showcase Games. FOX Sports Ohio has gathered a list of nine of the best games in Blue Jackets history. Among the nine are the highest-scoring game in club history, the Jackets’ most lopsided win, the game that clinched their first playoff appearance, and a last-minute win secured when Rick Nash scored “the Goal”. The top four games, as voted on by fans via, will make the air, with the first game on Monday, Sept. 5 at 6pm. For a complete list of the nine potential Showcase Games and to vote for your favorites, visit www.FOX Fans can vote as many times as they choose until August 19.

FOX Sports Ohio further prepares for the start of the Jackets’ season with Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special. This show is a replay of the production that originally premiered in July and picks up again on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6:30pm. The half-hour special takes a look at the team’s off-season player moves, from trades to the draft and free agency. Click HERE for more details about this program.

How do the Columbus Blue Jackets spend the off-season? Dave Maetzold and the FOX Sports Ohio crew take to the highways and byways of Canada to find out on Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Tour. This four part series, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30pm, is an all-access pass to the Jackets that every fan must see! Covering over 2,000 miles of the Great White North via minivan, this show will take fans to Quebec for a tour of Quebec City with Antoine Vermette. The road show then rolls into Ontario to check in with defensemen Marc Methot and Grant Clitsome in their hometown of Ottawa, catches up with captain Rick Nash at his cottage in the Muskoka region and has some fun with Steve Mason and his friends in the Toronto-area.

FOX Sports Ohio rounds out its “Countdown to Face Off” programming with Blue Jackets Slap Shots - Morning Sports Report Special, debuting Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30pm. In this 30-minute program, FOX Sports Ohio/Blue Jacket play-by-play commentator, Jeff Rimer, sits down with Nash, 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Dino Ciccarelli, and Stanley Cup champion and national NHL analyst Ed Olczyk. Taped in late June as part of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s MORNING SPORTS REPORT event, the show highlights some of the discussion that took place in front of a live audience.

[Schedules after the fold...]


Blue Jackets Showcase Games

  • Game 1 - Monday, Sept. 5, 6pm
  • Game 2 - Sunday, Sept. 18, 5pm
  • Game 3 - Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7pm
  • Game 4 - Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7pm

Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special

  • Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:30pm & 11:30pm
  • Friday, Sept. 2, 2pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 4, 1pm
  • Monday, Sept. 5, 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 1:30pm

Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Summer Tour  (*repeats to be scheduled – check local listings)

  • Show 1 - Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6:30pm
  • Show 2 - Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6pm
  • Show 3 - Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30pm
  • Show 4 - Monday, Sept. 26, 6pm

Blue Jackets Slap Shots – Morning Sports Report Special

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30pm & 11:30pm
  • Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30pm
  • Monday, Sept. 12, 6pm & 11:30pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 11:30pm

BY DATE (Premieres Bolded)

  • Thursday, Sept. 1
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 6:30pm & 11:30pm
  • Friday, Sept. 2
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 2pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 4
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 1pm
  • Monday, Sept. 5
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 5:30pm
    • Showcase Game 1, 6pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7
    • Summer Tour – Show 1, 6:30pm
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 7pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 8
    • Blue Jackets Slap Shots Summer Special, 1:30pm
    • Morning Sports Report Special, 6:30pm & 11:30pm
  • Friday, Sept. 9
    • Morning Sports Report Special, 7:30pm
  • Monday, Sept. 12
    • Morning Sports Report Special, 6pm & 11:30pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14
    • Summer Tour – Show 2, 6pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 15
    • Morning Sports Report Special, 11:30pm
  • Sunday, Sept. 18
    • Showcase Game 2, 5pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21
    • Summer Tour – Show 3, 6:30pm
    • Showcase Game 3, 7pm
  • Monday, Sept. 26
    • Summer Tour – Show 4, 6pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28
    • Showcase Game 4, 7pm


  1. how about just airing a couple preseason games.

  2. I'd like to see the team play rather than herping and derping about how awesome we are

  3. yes show some away preseason games, pick up the away feed!


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