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Bally Sports Great Lakes

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Bally Sports Great Lakes
Bally Sports Great Lakes.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaCleveland/Northern Ohio
Central Ohio
Northwestern Pennsylvania
Southwest New York
National (via satellite)
NetworkBally Sports
Slogan"The Heart of Ohio. The Heart of the Fan."
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
OwnerDiamond Sports Group (a joint venture of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios)
Sister channelsBally Sports Ohio
LaunchedMarch 12, 2006 (15 years ago) (2006-03-12)
Former namesSportsTime Ohio (2006–2021)
Charter Spectrum (Cleveland)36 / 308 (SD)
1308 (HD)
Charter Spectrum (Columbus)34 / 308 (SD)
1308 (HD)
WOW! (Cleveland)72 (SD)
221 (HD)
WOW! (Columbus)57 (SD)
221 (HD)
Available on most other Ohio cable systemsConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
DirecTV662 (SD/HD) \
AT&T U-verse735 (SD)
1735 (HD)
Streaming media
Fox Sports
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)

Bally Sports Great Lakes is an American regional sports network owned by Diamond Sports Group, and operates as an affiliate of Bally Sports. The channel, which is a sister network to Bally Sports Ohio, broadcasts statewide coverage of professional, collegiate and high school sports events throughout northern Ohio, including the Cleveland area.

Bally Sports Great Lakes is available from most cable providers in Northeast Ohio and select providers in other portions of Ohio (including Columbus), Northwest Pennsylvania, and extreme Western New York. It is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV, as well as outside Ohio on AT&T U-verse.


Bally Sports Great Lakes was launched on March 12, 2006 as SportsTime Ohio; it was founded by the family of Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan, becoming the second regional sports network in the Cleveland area, after Fox Sports Ohio (which launched in February 1989 as SportsChannel Ohio). SportsTime Ohio assumed the regional cable television rights to Major League Baseball games involving the Indians from Fox Sports Ohio, which had served as the exclusive local broadcaster of the Indians from 2002 to 2005, when it was majority-owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation (a New York-based company owned by Dolan's brother, Charles) until an asset trade with then-Fox Sports Net parent News Corporation who also owned 20th Century Fox and Fox News. Jim Liberatore, former President of Fox Sports owned Speed Channel helped start the network and served as its first President. His knowledge of the cable industry served a vital role in the success the network enjoyed while so many other team facilitated network launches failed across the country.

Starting off as rivals with Gannett-owned WKYC providing studio operations for the cable channel, the two networks would soon become corporate sisters, when on December 3, 2012, the Indians announced that it would sell SportsTime Ohio to Fox Sports Ohio parent Fox Entertainment Group. The deal was finalized four weeks later on December 28.[1] Fox retained SportsTime Ohio's existing staff despite coming under common ownership with Fox Sports Ohio, with Katie Witham becoming a traveling reporter with the team. Now under new ownership, the network became a member of Fox Sports Networks.

Fox logo as SportsTime Ohio
Fox logo as SportsTime Ohio

In April 2013, at the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, SportsTime Ohio transitioned to the Fox Sports branding and imagery, but maintained the SportsTime Ohio branding (following the model of FSN's similar secondary channels Sun Sports, SportSouth, and Prime Ticket).[2]

On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports networks from 21st Century Fox, including SportsTime Ohio, sister network Fox Sports Ohio, and Fox's 50% stake in the network's Cincinnati sub-feed. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN.[3] On May 3, 2019, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (through their joint venture, Diamond Holdings) bought Fox Sports Networks from The Walt Disney Company for $10.6 billion. The deal closed on August 22, 2019, thus putting SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio under common ownership with several Sinclair stations in Ohio, which include WSYX/WTTE/WWHO in Columbus, WKRC-TV/WSTR-TV in Cincinnati, WNWO-TV in Toledo, WKEF/WRGT-TV in Dayton, and WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio.[4][5][6][7] The deal will also mark Sinclair's entry into Northeast Ohio, where its nearest existing broadcasting properties are WSYX/WTTE/WWHO, WNWO-TV, WTOV-TV, and WPGH-TV/WPNT in Pittsburgh.

On November 17, 2020, Sinclair announced an agreement with casino operator Bally's Corporation to serve as a new naming rights partner for the FSN channels.[8] Sinclair announced the new Bally Sports branding for the channels on January 27, 2021. On March 31, 2021, coinciding with the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, SportsTime Ohio was rebranded as Bally Sports Great Lakes,[9] with all other former Fox Sports Networks also rebranded as "Bally Sports" accompanied by a regional description appropriate for each network.[10] The first live sporting event to air on Bally Sports Great Lakes under the Bally banner was the opening-day coverage of the Indians visiting the Tigers on April 1, which was preceded up by the "Indians Live" pregame show.[11]


Professional sports

Bruce Drennan hosting his daily talk show at Progressive Field.
Bruce Drennan hosting his daily talk show at Progressive Field.

Bally Sports Great Lakes holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball and is the cable outlet of the Cleveland Browns. The channel produces Indians Live, a pre-game and post-game show bookending the channel's Indians telecasts or any national games airing on another network. The network also is the primary TV outlet for Cleveland Monsters hockey,[12] and secondary broadcaster of Columbus Crew SC.[13]

Original programming

  • Beer Money – Hosted by Jensen Lewis and Gabriella Kruez, a sports trivia game show taped at various Ohio bars, in which patrons are asked trivia questions about local sports teams and figures to win cash prizes.
  • Drennan Live - a Monday–Thursday call-in show hosted by Bruce Drennan and Ashley Collins.
  • Training Camp Daily - a daily 30 minute program which airs during Browns training camp
  • Red Zone - A weekly Cleveland Browns oriented program with WKYC sports director/Browns radio announcer Jim Donovan, Former Browns left tackle and current radio analyst Doug Dieken, and WKNR Browns/NFL analyst Tony Grossi
  • The Tribe Report – A weekly show reviewing the previous week's Indians games and headlines, and previewing upcoming team games and events.
  • Buckeye Weekly – produced by sister network BTN exclusively for STO, this seasonal weekly show centers around the Ohio State Buckeyes football team; hosted by longtime BTN personality Rick Pizzo and former OSU linebacker James Laurinitis[15]
  • Swing Clinic – a golf instructional show hosted by local PGA pro Jimmy Hanlin; is a part of the national Bally Sports Networks schedule
  • 18 Holes – a tour of various national golf courses hosted by Jimmy Hanlin and former LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis; is a part of the national Bally Sports Networks schedule.

Current on-air staff


  1. ^ "Fox Sports Buys SportsTime Ohio". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. December 28, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Joel Hammond (March 16, 2013). "On new SportsTime Ohio, a lot stays the same". TribeVibe. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  3. ^ "Disney can buy Fox if it sells 22 regional sports networks, Justice Dept. says". USA Today. June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia. "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  5. ^ "Fox Regional Sports Network sale nears conclusion as final round bids come due April 15". Fox Business. March 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Palmeri, Christopher; Sakoui, Anousha (May 2, 2019). "Sinclair to Buy Fox Sports Networks From Disney, WSJ Reports". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Sinclair completes acquisition of regional sports networks from Disney". Bloomberg. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  8. ^ Novy-Williams, Eben (2020-11-19). "Bally's Buys Sinclair RSN Naming Rights As Part of Sports Betting Push". Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  9. ^ Morona, Joey; clevel; .com (2021-01-27). "Fox Sports Ohio, SportsTime Ohio get new names: Bally Sports Ohio and Bally Sports Great Lakes". cleveland. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  10. ^ "Bally Sports Ohio & Great Lakes FAQ". FOX Sports. FOX Sports Ohio & SportsTime Ohio. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Indians season opener marks first live event on Bally Sports Great Lakes". FOX Sports. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  12. ^ Monsters' broadcast schedule - Lake Erie
  13. ^ "Columbus Crew score Fox Sports local broadcast deal". SportsPro Media. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  14. ^ "STO schedule". Fox Sports Ohio.
  15. ^ FSO & STO announce OSU football coverage - Fox
  16. ^ a b c Training Camp Daily returns to STO - Fox

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