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Massillon Cable TV became the latest distributor to ink a deal with Fastball Sports Productions LLC for analog basic carriage of SportsTime Ohio, the new cable home for Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians.

Fastball also inked pacts Monday with WideOpenWest LLC, Clear Picture Inc. and GLW Broadband.

Massillon president Bob Gessner said the operator is scheduled to bow the network March 29. He added that Massillon -- which counts some 45,000 customers -- is looking to launch SportsTime Ohio on Channel 11 on its system in Massillon, Ohio, and on Channel 10 in its Wooster service area.

Massillon will subsequently look to reposition the regional sports service -- which launched March 12 and will carry some 130 regular-season Indians games -- to a permanent channel location.

Deal terms were not disclosed, although Gessner -- who has always been a vocal opponent of the high costs of sports TV rights -- said Massillon’s deal only encompasses pregame and postgame coverage, as well as the games themselves.

SportsTime is coming out of the gate with about seven hours of coverage per night, including a late-night encore, plus a weekly preview/recap show about “The Tribe.” Fastball president Jim Liberatore said the service will add a spate of vintage sports and local programming starting in July.

“Our customers want to see the Indians games. We have made some significant progress. We’ve come a long way from where we started,” Gessner said.

SportTime’s term sheet, which was disseminated to distributors in mid-February, called for zone pricing, ranging from 94 cents per subscriber, including two minutes of ad time per hour, to $1.83 for those closer to Cleveland.

Gessner said Massillon didn’t avail itself of the two minutes per hour of local avails on SportsTime Ohio, adding, “It wasn’t worth it.”

SportsTime Ohio, succeeding FSN Ohio as the Indians’ cable home, had signed deals with a host of cable operators, including Time Warner Cable, Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc., giving it about 1.8 million of the 2.8 million cable homes in its coverage area, Liberatore said last week.

Fastball is controlled by Larry Dolan’s family, which owns the ballclub.

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SportsTime Ohio finalizes broadcast agreements with WOW!, GLW Broadband, Massillon...

(cont)...Cable and Clear Picture

More than 1.8 million households to see all 130 Tribe games

CLEVELAND -- Fastball Sports Productions President Jim Liberatore today announced that SportsTime Ohio, the new Indians television network, will air on WOW! Cable, GLW Broadband, Massillon Cable and Clear Picture.

"Everyone at SportsTime Ohio is extremely appreciative of these carriers' approach to our negotiations," said Jim Liberatore, president of Fastball Sports Productions. "Each cable system wanted to be sure they could offer the Indians and SportsTime Ohio to their subscribers from the day we started negotiating and because of their dedication to the process, were able to deliver."

WOW! Basic subscribers can tune into SportsTime Ohio on channel 57 in the Columbus area and channel 72 in the Cleveland area (EWTN, currently on WOW! channel 72 in Cleveland, will be moving to channel 95). Customers who subscribe to WOW! High Definition service will receive SportsTime Ohio on WOW! HD channel 221 in both markets. The programming is scheduled to air on channel 37 for GLW subscribers in Grafton, Wellington, LaGrange and Eaton. Massillon Cable (serving western Stark County) will air the network on channel 11 while Clear Picture (serving central Wayne County) will broadcast SportsTime Ohio on channel 10.

Available as of March 30, WOW! Subscribers will see two spring training games before the regular season. SportsTime Ohio will air on GLW, Massillon and Clear Picture as of March 29, and subscribers will see three spring training games and 130 in-season games during the 2006 season. Other original local programming centering on the interests and passions of Northern Ohio sports fans is also being developed.

The addition of WOW!, GLW Broadband, Massillon Cable and Clear Picture brings SportsTime Ohio's total number of cable partners to 14, including Time Warner (Ch. 23/523-HD), Adelphia (Cleveland and suburbs: Ch 17/ 798-HD; Ashtabula: Ch 30/798-HD; Lorain: Ch 23/ 798-HD; Macedonia: Ch 97/ 798-HD; Port Clinton: Ch 17/ 798-HD), Comcast (Ch. 73); Cox Communications (Ch. 58/ 758-HD); BTC Multimedia (Ch 76), City of Wadsworth Cable (Ch 77), Doylestown Cable (Ch 16), Cable Suite 541 (Ch 81), TSC Communication (Ch 12), Buckeye CableSystem - Toledo (Ch 32), and Erie County Cablevision (Ch 57).

Viewers whose cable systems are already airing SportsTime Ohio can see the following upcoming Spring training games:
*Wednesday, March 29 at 1 pm vs. Houston Astros
*Thursday, March 30 at 8 pm (delayed) vs. Detroit Tigers
*Friday, March 31 at 7 pm (delayed) vs. Cincinnati Reds

About SportsTime Ohio
SportsTime Ohio is a Northern Ohio regional sports network which will offer a variety of sports programming produced for the Ohio sports fan. Beginning March 12, 2006, SportsTime Ohio launched the largest television package in Cleveland Indians history of 158 games annually. The schedule calls for SportsTime Ohio to air 130 regular season games and eight spring training games on cable and satellite television. SportsTime Ohio will also broadcast an additional 20 games on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) and other over-the-air local television stations in key Indians television markets. Plans are being developed to offer additional programming, geared specifically toward Ohio-area sports fans and the passion that makes the region a great sports community, to complement this expanded baseball schedule throughout the year. www.sportstimeohio.com

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