Fox Sports Detroit
Fox Sports Detroit is an American regional sports network owned by Diamond Sports Group that operates as a Fox Sports Networks affiliate. It provides coverage of local sports teams in the state of Michigan, primarily focusing on those in Metro Detroit. The network airs exclusive broadcasts of games involving the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and repeats of Detroit Lions preseason games, as well as some state college and high school sports.
|Fox Sports Detroit|
|Launched||September 17, 1997|
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Diamond Sports Group (Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios)|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Slogan||Inside Detroit Sports|
Nationwide (via satellite)
|Formerly called||Fox Sports Detroit (first tenure; 1997–2000)|
Fox Sports Net Detroit (2000–2004)
FSN Detroit (2004–2008)
WJBK Detroit (Fox 2)
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Big Ten Network
Fox College Sports
(Some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Detroit Plus due to event conflicts)
|DirecTV||663 Fox Sports Detroit (SD/HD)|
663-1 Fox Sports Detroit Plus (SD/HD)
|Dish Network||430 Fox Sports Detroit (SD/HD)|
Fox Sports Detroit Plus channel varies by date
|Available on most cable systems within designated broadcast area||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||Fox Sports Detroit:|
Fox Sports Detroit Plus:
|Fox Sports Go||www.foxsportsgo.com/|
(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)
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
Fox Sports Detroit is available on cable television throughout Michigan, as well as in northeastern Indiana, northwest Ohio and some portions of northeastern Wisconsin and nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network. The network's production facilities and offices are based in Southfield, Michigan, with master control operations based at the headquarters of Fox Sports Networks in Houston, Texas. The network also maintains dedicated remote sets in the concourses of Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 Notable on-air staff
- 4 Other services
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Fox Sports Detroit traces its origins to 1996, when News Corporation purchased 50% of the Prime Network, a group of regional sports networks owned by Liberty Media, and immediately rebranded them under the "Fox Sports Net" banner. At the time of the purchase, Post-Newsweek Stations (owners of Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV, channel 4) owned the Detroit-based Pro-Am Sports System (PASS Sports), which served the local affiliate of the Prime Network. News Corporation announced plans to launch a Fox Sports Net affiliate in Michigan by 1998, and made a surprise bid for, and won, the local cable television rights to NBA games involving the Detroit Pistons.
When PASS Sports' respective National Hockey League and Major League Baseball broadcast rights to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers franchises came up for renewal, Fox Sports Net made a bid for the contracts and won them both. Fox Sports decided to push the launch date of the new channel forward in time for the beginning of the 1997–98 NHL season and 1998 MLB season; Fox Sports Detroit began broadcasting on September 17, 1997. Post-Newsweek, meanwhile, concluded that its coverage area was not large enough to support two RSNs and sold the remainder of its Tigers and Pistons contracts, and the contract of sportscaster John Keating, to Fox Sports Detroit. Post-Newsweek shut down PASS Sports on October 31, 1997, leaving Fox Sports Detroit as the sole regional sports network in Michigan.
From its launch until January 16, 2008, Fox Sports Detroit broadcast its studio shows out of FSN Northwest's facilities in Bellevue, Washington. On October 1, 2009, the network unveiled a new all-digital high definition-capable studio in its Southfield headquarters dubbed the "Call Sam Studio", named after its sponsor, the Sam Bernstein Law Firm. It serves as the production base of the pre-game/post-game shows Tigers Live, Pistons Live and Red Wings Live, as well the magazine shows of all three teams and all of the channel's other local programming. It was expected that 80% of the shows produced from the studio would be produced and broadcast in HD. The first program to originate from the new studio was Wingspan, a special previewing the 2009–10 Red Wings season, on October 1.
Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings switch to cable full-timeEdit
The channel shared professional team coverage rights with some Detroit area broadcast television stations until the spring of 2008. In March 2008, the channel signed new long-term contracts with the Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers to broadcast more games than in previous years, becoming the exclusive local home of all three teams for the first time until at least 2018. This leaves only the NFL's Detroit Lions as the only local professional sports team in Detroit to have all of its games on broadcast television.
On May 21, 2015, the Detroit Lions announced a multi-year broadcast partnership with Fox Sports Detroit and WJBK (Fox 2). Fox Sports Detroit produces the preseason game broadcasts with Fox 2 producing the pre-game and post-game segments. The games air live on Fox 2 and the rest of the Detroit Lions Television Network, with re-airings on Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports Detroit also airs Lions Live after regular season games, and Monday head coach press conferences.
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 Fox Sports Detroit. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN Inc. 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.
Local team coverageEdit
- Detroit Red Wings – Fox Sports Detroit holds the exclusive local television rights to 70 Detroit Red Wings regular season games, as well as some preseason games and the first round of the playoffs. Red Wings Live airs before and after all games.
- Detroit Tigers – Fox Sports Detroit holds the exclusive local television rights to at least 150 Detroit Tigers regular season games, as well as some Spring training games. Tigers Live (which was extended to an hour-long program in 2013) airs before and after all regular season games, and after all playoff games.
- Detroit Pistons – Fox Sports Detroit holds the exclusive local television rights to up to 70 regular season Detroit Pistons games, as well as some early round playoff games. Pistons Live airs before and after all games.
- Detroit Lions – Fox Sports Detroit airs repeats of Detroit Lions preseason games. It also airs Lions Live after regular season games, and the Monday press conference with the Lions' head coach.
- Detroit Titans men's basketball
- Oakland Golden Grizzlies men's basketball
- Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans hockey
- Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans coaches shows and magazine shows
High school sportsEdit
- Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs
- MHSAA girls and boys basketball state finals
- MHSAA Championships (for all sports; events are either broadcast on television or streamed on the channel's website)
- Pistons Weekly – A 30-minute in-season show featuring off the court stories from the Detroit Pistons. Hosted by George Blaha, the program also airs on WDIV-TV.
- Pistons In Focus – A 30-minute show that premiered during the 2009–10 season with biographies of notable Pistons players and coaches past and present, hosted by Eli Zaret. Those examined have included Isiah Thomas, Chuck Daly, Bill Laimbeer, Dave Bing and Tayshaun Prince.
- Wingspan – a 30-minute in-season show featuring off-the-ice stories of the Detroit Red Wings.
- Inside the Tigers – A 30-minute in-season show featuring off-the-field stories of the Detroit Tigers.
- Inside Michigan Football – A 30-minute weekly discussion of University of Michigan Wolverines football with head coach Jim Harbaugh, hosted by Jim Brandstatter. The program also features interview segments with Wolverines players, as well as locker room footage and special features presented by Doug Karsch. Formerly known as Michigan Replay, which began on WDIV-TV in 1980 (its original title was retired in honor of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr). It is also shown on Big Ten Network and ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV (channel 7) and via Big Ten Network On Demand.
- Inside Michigan Basketball – A 30-minute weekly discussion of University of Michigan Wolverines men's basketball with head coach John Beilein, hosted by Matt Shepard. Maintaining a format similar to Inside Michigan Football, the program is also shown on Big Ten Network and available via Big Ten Network On Demand.
- Michigan Sports Weekly – A weekly series chronicling the University of Michigan Wolverines sports scene; it is hosted by Doug Karsch. The program is also shown on Big Ten Network and the Michigan Channel.
- Spartan Sports Zone – A weekly program chronicling the Michigan State University Spartans sports scene; it is hosted by Dave Ellis. The program is also shown on Big Ten Network and Fox College Sports Atlantic.
- One on One with Tom Izzo – A 30-minute show featuring Michigan State University Spartans men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo and sports anchor Mickey York. It is also shown on Big Ten Network.
- One on One with Mark Dantonio – A 30-minute show featuring Michigan State University Spartans football head coach Mark Dantonio and sports anchor Mickey York. It is also shown on Big Ten Network.
- Michigan Golf Live – A pre-recorded weekly show that promotes golfing and golf courses in Michigan, hosted by Doug Karsch.
- The Detroit Sports Report (or simply DSR) – A Detroit/Michigan-centered sports news show created in September 2000 by Fox Sports Net to help increase ratings for the National Sports Report. Marc Soicher and Angie Arlotti (now Mentink) were the original anchors of the 10:00 p.m. show, while Soicher hosted a 7:00 p.m. edition of the program solo. Mickey York and Brad Adam hosted the weekend editions of the program. In 2003, Mickey York promoted to weeknight co-anchor replacing Soicher, following his departure for FSN Rocky Mountain, with Ryan Field (previously with WJBK and sports radio station WDFN) replacing York as weekend anchor in addition to serving as a correspondent. Ratings for the Detroit Sports Report remained decent, despite declining ratings for the National Sports Report, which itself was canceled in 2004; FSN dropped many of the regional sports news programs later that year or in 2005, with the Detroit Sports Report being the last to be canceled in April 2007.
- Pistons Insider – A 30-minute pre-recorded in-season pregame show in which Matt Shepard and Pete Skorich preview the night's Pistons opponent. It was canceled after the 2008–09 season.
- Motor City Memories – Discussion of memorable Detroit Pistons teams of the past, hosted by George Blaha. It was replaced by Pistons In Focus for the 2009–10 season.
- Spotlight: Detroit – A series profiling prominent Detroit sports figures.
- In My Own Words: Detroit – A 30-minute interview featuring a sports figure in Detroit. This show is similar to Chris Myers Interview. The show debuted September 9, 2007. John Keating was the host. The program was canceled in 2008.
- MHSAA Football Friday Overtime – Debuted in August 2011, the program includes highlights, analysis and interviews from high school football games around the state. Hosted by Mickey York and Rob Rubick, it aired live Friday nights at 12:00 a.m. during the fall.
- Fox Sports Detroit was the home of the WNBA's Detroit Shock until the 2009 season, after which the team relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- State Champs! High School Sports Show – A 30-minute show focusing on Michigan high school sports and certain non-athletic competitions including statewide school participation for the FIRST Robotics Competition.
- FSN Basement: All Star Edition 2005 – Featuring interviews with George Kell and Al Kaline, each recalling their memories of playing for the Tigers and working together in the television booth. It was re-aired several times in late March 2009 in memory of former long-time Tigers play-by-play announcer George Kell, who died on March 24, 2009 at age 86.
- Ernie Harwell: We'll Remember – A tribute special shown after the death of legendary Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell on May 5, 2010.
- A New Day for Detroit – about Detroit's recent sports renaissance and economic revival, focusing on the construction of the Little Caesars Arena in Midtown Detroit, the home of the Pistons (who had played at The Palace of Auburn Hills since 1988) and the Red Wings (who had played at the Joe Louis Arena since 1979), which will mean both teams' 2017–2018 seasons is first time since the Lions' move to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975 (and subsequent return to Detroit when they moved to Ford Field in 2002), that all four of Detroit's major professional teams play in the city. It premiered on April 28, 2017 and was narrated by Oscar-winning actor and Detroit native J. K. Simmons.
- The Roar of '84 - about the 1984 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers
Notable on-air staffEdit
Hosts and reportersEdit
- John Keating - host/reporter (1997–present)
- Trevor Thompson, Mickey York, Johnny Kane, Mike Nafso, Rachel Elliot, Brooke Fletcher – hosts/reporters
- Craig Monroe – Tigers studio analyst/field reporter (2012–present)
- Kirk Gibson – Tigers color commentator (2015–present)
- Jack Morris – Tigers color commentator (2015–2016, 2019–present)
- Dan Petry – Tigers studio analyst/field reporter (2019–present)
- Matt Shepard – Tigers play-by-play (2018–present)
- Brandon Inge - Tigers studio analyst (2019–present)
Detroit Red WingsEdit
- Ken Daniels – Red Wings play-by-play (1997–present)
- Mickey Redmond – Red Wings analyst (1997–present)
- Chris Osgood – Red Wings studio analyst, select road games analyst (2013–present)
- Larry Murphy – Red Wings studio analyst (2006–2013, 2019–present)
- George Blaha – Pistons play-by-play (1997–present)
- Greg Kelser – Pistons color commentator (1997–present)
- Grant Long – Pistons analyst and sideline reporter (2014–present)
- Tim McCormick – Pistons analyst (2017–present)
- Matt Dery – fill-in Pistons play-by-play (2006–present)
College and high schoolEdit
- Ben Holden – high school and college sports play-by-play (2010–present)
- Stan Edwards – high school football analyst (2002–present)
- Rob Rubick – high school football analyst (2003–present)
- Jim Brandstatter – Inside Michigan Football host (1997–present)
- Doug Karsch – Michigan Sports Weekly host, reporter on Inside Michigan Football (2006–present)
- Earl Cureton – college basketball analyst (2007–present)
- Rick Mahorn – college basketball analyst (2008–present)
- Dan Petry – college baseball analyst (2008–present)
- Manny Legace – college hockey analyst (2013–present)
- Darren Eliot – Detroit Red Wings studio analyst, select road games analyst (2012–2019)
- Mario Impemba – Detroit Tigers play-by-play (2002–2018)
- Rod Allen – Detroit Tigers color commentator (2003–2018)
- Ryan Field – host/field reporter (2003–2013). Now on Fox Sports 1.
- Ernie Harwell – Detroit Tigers play-by-play (1997–2002)
- Al Kaline – Detroit Tigers color commentator (1997–2002)
Fox Sports Detroit HDEdit
Fox Sports Detroit HD is a 720p high definition simulcast feed of Fox Sports Detroit. It telecasts all Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers games in HD, their respective pre-game and post-game shows and team magazine shows, as well as all college and high school games and programs. Wingspan became the first locally produced pre-recorded program to be broadcast in HD when it began in 2009. In 2010, Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and MHSAA games began airing in HD. Nationally televised FSN games and other programs are also broadcast in HD. Like the standard-definition feed, it is available nationwide via DirecTV and Dish Network, and on most cable providers in Michigan and some in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Fox Sports Detroit PlusEdit
Fox Sports Detroit Plus is a game-time only alternate feed of Fox Sports Detroit. It was launched in 2007 to solve scheduling conflicts, such as those of the Detroit Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings, as well as CCHA games, MHSAA finals for football and basketball, and The Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament (via Fox Sports Ohio). It is frequently used for live college football, college basketball, college baseball and tennis telecasts and other events distributed nationally by FSN, to avoid conflicts with local coverage.
Fox Sports Detroit Plus has been used for special alternate feeds of local games, such as the annual "¡Fiesta Tigres!" game which celebrates Latin American players, in which alternate announcers conducted Spanish language play-by-play; a "Position-by-position" Tigers game, with the camera isolating on a different defensive player every inning featuring John Keating on play-by-play; as well as a "Social networking" Tigers telecast in which the channel's staff answered viewer questions from Facebook, Twitter, and their own website.
Fox Sports Detroit On DemandEdit
Fox Sports Detroit On Demand is the video on demand service of Fox Sports Detroit, which is currently available on Comcast. Launched in October 2008, its offerings include the channel's magazine and coach's shows, which are presented commercial-free. On August 7, 2009, Fox Sports Detroit On Demand began carrying full-length presentations of the channel's Tigers game broadcasts.
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