FOX Sports Ohio has released their schedule of three Cincinnati Reds Spring Training games. Two of them are shared telecasts with SportsTime Ohio, which is the television home for the Cleveland Indians in Ohio Media Watch territory.
The Reds and the Indians share a new Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona starting this year. Because this is a shared facility, FSO and STO will share the two games that will pit the two teams against each other. FSO will originate the March 5th game and share it with STO, and STO will do the same for the March 18th game and share it with FSO.
The games are:
Friday, March 5 Reds vs. Cleveland Indians 3:05pm
Thursday, March 18 Reds @ Cleveland Indians 4:05pm
Monday, March 22 Reds vs. Colorado Rockies 4:05pm
More from the release below about the two shared telecasts:
During the FOX Sports Ohio telecast on March 5th, fans will get a tour of the new Reds training facilities in Goodyear. Paul Keels, the newest member of the FOX Sports Ohio Reds broadcast team, will also be introduced for the first time. The main Reds play by play announcer Thom Brennaman will call the game alongside color analyst Chris Welsh. STO’s color analyst Rick Manning will also join them in the booth during the game.
On the STO-produced March 18th Reds-Indians game, Reds color analyst Chris Welsh will join Indians broadcasters Rick Manning and Matt Underwood in the broadcast booth.
We're not clear on what role Keels will have on the first broadcasts. We're sure FSO has plans for him beyond the introduction on the 3/5 broadcast.
We're also not sure that FSO will produce "Reds Live" before either of their games. We suspect not, as there's no mention of such in the release, and we scanned it carefully.
Either way, "Reds Live" will most definitely return for the 2010 regular season.
Anyway, we just wanted to be sure we got the information out there... in case anyone was looking for it...