FSO Announces 2021 Blue Jackets Broadcast Schedule & Countdown to Face-Off Programming

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              Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist, left, of Sweden, celebrates his third goal of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate forward Nick Foligno during the third period in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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COLUMBUS, OH – FOX Sports Ohio will air Blue Jackets 2021 regular season games, except for games selected for exclusive national broadcast. All games on FOX Sports Ohio will also stream on FOX Sports GO.

 

The Blue Jackets will kick off their 20th NHL season with a two-game series at Nashville on Thursday and Saturday, January 14 and 16, both 8 p.m. puck drops. The club will play its first home games of the season with a two-game set against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, January 21 and Saturday, January 23 both at 7 p.m. Click HERE for the complete game schedule. Programming schedule is subject to change.

 

Coverage each game night will begin with Blue Jackets Live pregame show, featuring highlights, player interviews and analysis 30 minutes before each game. Immediately following the final horn, the coverage will continue with the postgame edition of Blue Jackets Live, presented by IGS Energy.

 

Fans can visit GetMyHomeTeams.com to see options for getting FOX Sports Ohio in their area. Fans who receive FOX Sports Ohio can also stream Jackets telecasts on the FOX Sports GO app and at FOXSportsGO.com.

 

BROADCAST TEAM

Play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer and color analyst Jody Shelley will call all the action with Dave Maetzold reporting.

Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Brian Giesenschlag return as co-hosts of Blue Jackets Live.

 

PRODUCTION ADJUSTMENTS

All home games will be produced out of Nationwide Arena. The production crew will operate out of a television truck and additional mobile unit equipped to provide the appropriate health and safety precautions. Rimer and Shelley will call the game from Nationwide Arena, along with Maetzold reporting, allowing for proper social distance.

All Blue Jackets road games and pre/postgame shows will be produced out of the FOX Sports Ohio studio in compliance with necessary health and safety protocols. Game coverage will be shot by the home team’s television rights holder, serving as the standard game view for both the Blue Jackets and their television production.

 

COUNTDOWN TO FACE-OFF presented by Central Ohio GMC Dealers

To get fans ready for the season, the network features the following “Countdown to Face-Off” Blue Jackets programming:

  • Blue Jackets Live: Training Camp Edition
    • Monday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Blue Jackets Live – Preseason
    • Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL & SOCIAL COVERAGE

All games and Blue Jackets programming will also stream live on FOX Sports GO, an extension of your paid television service. FOX Sports GO is currently available on mobile and tablet devices, including iOS and Android as well as foxsportsgo.com. FOX Sports GO is also available on connected devices including, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku Players and Roku TV, and Xbox One. Fans can download the app for free from the iTunes App Store,  Google Play,  Amazon App Store, Roku App Store, XBOX One App Store and Windows App Store.

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