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Good Grief, More Sports (Including a Bit on Michael Reghi)

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 3, 2006

Another announcement today:

FSN Ohio and the Mid-American Conference announced today a multi-year agreement beginning with the ’06-’07 season which extends the relationship between the network and the conference that began in 1989. This exclusive regional cable partnership will bring nearly 100 conference athletic events to the network over the next three years. Steve Liverani, Vice President and General Manager, FSN Ohio, and MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst made the announcement.

FSN Ohio is the home of some of the best college football in the nation (through the MAC), featuring perennial top teams such as Bowling Green and Toledo. The top men’s and women’s basketball programs, including The University of Akron and Kent State will also be highlighted, including conference tournament action. Olympic Championship Events, such as women’s volleyball, soccer and softball, and men’s baseball will also be televised.

Also returning to FSN Ohio will be the popular MAC Gridiron Preview and the MAC Hardcourt Preview shows. Both take an in-depth look at all of the teams in the conference and their potential for the upcoming seasons. (end announcement)

Although FSN took a hit when it lost the Indians this year, it sure seems to be lining up year-round deals, including this one and an anticipated new agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers (which would put that team out of reach for SportsTime Ohio) and its cable connection to the Browns.

As for Reghi, the recently ousted Cavs telecaster, I talked to FSN Ohio's Steve Liverani today and he made two points about Reghi.

First, that the announcer change was the Cavaliers' call and, as a TV partner with the Cavs, FSN Ohio supports the decision. But second -- and more important for Reghi -- Liverani said that ''Michael and FSN Ohio have enjoyed a tremendous, mutually beneficial relationship (going back to 1989). ... We're going to keep that relationship.'' FSN Ohio is looking at other ways it can put Reghi to work. For instance, Reghi is set as host of FSN Ohio's ''Browns Camp'' show, which began last night.

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