Back in the day when FOX Sports Net Ohio was the only local cable TV sports operation, we think it's safe to say that you could call it a bit complacent.
The network had the rights to both the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers, and really didn't feel the need to produce any news or information programming besides the pre-game shows and post-game shows.
That changed drastically when the Indians took their baseball and went to a new TV home, their own SportsTime Ohio, last season.
Since then, both networks have built up local sports programming outside the games, and have been more aggressive in covering breaking sports news. It's quite common on cable/satellite sports networks in other markets, but hasn't really happened in Cleveland until recently.
We're reminded of that due to a press release put out by the SportsTime Ohio folks today.
STO says that a 4:30 PM press conference with Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook, who just signed on the dotted line with a new contract deal, will be carried live on the network this afternoon.
It'll air as a part of the talk show hosted by former Morgantown WV resident Bruce Drennan, "All Bets Are Off". (And we're about ready to go to Vegas to bet on how long that title will be kept....it was "cute" when Bruce just walked out of a federal prison on tax charges, but sounds a bit strained as the weeks go on.)
We're trying to remember back in the pre-STO days, if FSN Ohio would carry such press conferences live.
For its own part, FSN Ohio has taken to the practice of carrying live press conferences involving the Cleveland Browns...a part of the team's "exclusive cable deal" with the NFL club...