The Southwest Ohio Sports Daily LLC was formed in June, 2019.
It is based in Southwest Ohio and dedicated to the best and most comprehensive digital coverage of high school sports in Butler and Warren counties.
Founder Rick Cassano grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and graduated from Badin High School in 1982. He earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism, specializing in newswriting and editing, from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 1986, graduating cum laude with a 3.503 grade point average.
Cassano’s work experience includes The Post (Ohio University’s independent daily student newspaper), the Athens Messenger, the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times and the Hamilton Journal-News. He started his full-time job with the J-N on Aug. 31, 1987, and remained with the company (which was purchased by Cox Media) until June 14, 2019. During that time, he received many writing awards from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and is a three-time OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year.
In 2016, Cassano received an Ohio High School Athletic Association Media Service Award and was inducted into the Badin/Hamilton Catholic/Notre Dame Athletic Hall of Fame.
He lives with his wife Kriss in Fairfield. They have two grown children, Tony and Kelly.