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Fox Sports Detroit
Fox sports detroit.png
Launched September 17, 1997
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Slogan Detroit Sports, We've Got You Covered
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Michigan
Northeastern Indiana
Northwest Ohio
Northeast Wisconsin
Nationwide via satellite
Headquarters Southfield, Michigan
Formerly called Fox Sports Detroit (1997–2000)
Fox Sports Net Detroit (2000–2004)
FSN Detroit (2004–2008)
Replaced PASS Sports (unconnected, now defunct)
Sister channel(s) WJBK
Fox Sports
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Big Ten Network
Fox College Sports
DirecTV 663 Main (SD/HD)
663-1 Plus (SD/HD)
Dish Network 430 (SD/HD)
Plus channel varies by date
Available on most cable systems in all of Michigan, and parts of Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin Check local listings
AT&T U-verse 737 (SD)
738 Plus (SD)
1737 (HD)
1738 Plus (HD)

Fox Sports Detroit is an American regional sports network that operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, and covers local sports teams in the state of Michigan, mostly those in the Metro Detroit area. The channel is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. The network exclusively broadcasts games played by the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings, college teams in Michigan, and Michigan high school sports.[1]

It is available on cable television in all of Michigan, Northeastern Indiana, Northwest Ohio, some portions of northeastern Wisconsin, and nationwide via DirecTV and Dish Network. The control room for the network is located in Houston, Texas. As of October 2009, after a complete overhaul of their technology, all pre-game, post-game and pro sports team magazine shows are broadcast from the network's all-digital high definition studio in Southfield, Michigan.[2] The network also has dedicated remote sets in the concourses of Comerica Park, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Joe Louis Arena.



Fox Sports Detroit traces its origins back to 1996, when News Corporation purchased 50% of the Prime Network, a group of regional sports networks owned by Liberty Media, and immediately renamed them "Fox Sports Net". News Corporation did not own a network in Michigan as the Detroit-based Pro-Am Sports System (PASS Sports), owned by Post-Newsweek Stations (owners of Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV, channel 4) was the local affiliate station 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 television broadcast rights to the games of the Detroit Pistons, the local NBA team.

When PASS Sports' broadcast rights to the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers were due to be renewed, Fox Sports Net made a bid for the contracts and won them both. The launch date for Fox Sports Detroit was brought forward in time for the beginning of the 1997–98 NHL season and 1998 MLB season, and it began broadcasting on September 17, 1997. Post-Newsweek concluded its coverage area was not big 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.[3]


From its launch until January 16, 2008, Fox Sports Detroit broadcast studio shows out of FSN Northwest's facilities in Bellevue, Washington.[4] 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 new home of Tigers Live, Pistons Live, and Red Wings Live, as well the magazine shows of all three teams, and all other local programming. It was expected that 80% of the shows produced from the studio will be in HD. The first program from the new studio was the Red Wings season preview special Wingspan on October 1.[2]

Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings switch to cable full-time[edit]

The channel shared professional team coverage rights with some broadcast television stations in Detroit 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.[1] This leaves only the NFL's Detroit Lions as the only Detroit professional sports team to have all of its games on broadcast television.


Local team coverage[edit]

Professional teams[edit]

  • 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] Pistons Live airs before and after all games.

College coverage[edit]

High school sports[edit]

Weekly shows[edit]

  • Pistons Weekly – A 30-minute in-season show featuring off the court stories from the Detroit Pistons. It is hosted by George Blaha. It 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. Formerly Red Wings Weekly.
  • Tigers Weekly – 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 Brady Hoke, hosted by Jim Brandstatter. Segments with players are also shown, 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 WXYZ-TV (channel 7) and via Big Ten Network On Demand.[6]
  • 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. The format is similar to Inside Michigan Football. It is also shown on Big Ten Network and available via Big Ten Network On Demand.[7]
  • Michigan Sports Weekly – The University of Michigan Wolverines sports scene is featured each week. It is hosted by Doug Karsch. It is also shown on Big Ten Network and Michigan Channel.
  • Spartan Sports Zone – The Michigan State University Spartans sports scene is featured each week. It is hosted by Dave Ellis. It 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 weekly show that promotes golfing and golf courses in Michigan, hosted by Doug Karsch. Despite its name, it is pre-recorded, not broadcast live.
  • MHSAA Football Friday Overtime – A new show for 2011, it includes highlights, analysis and interviews from high school football games around the state. Hosted by Mickey York and Rob Rubick, it airs live Friday nights at midnight.[8]

Former shows[edit]

  • 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 were the original anchors of the 10:00 p.m. show, while Soicher hosted a 7:00 p.m. edition of the program by himself. Mickey York and Brad Adam hosted the show on weekends. In 2003, Soicher left for FSN Rocky Mountain, and Mickey York was given the role of co-host with Angie Arlotti (now Mentink). In addition, Ryan Field was hired away from WJBK (channel 2) and WDFN to become a correspondent/weekend anchor to fill York's duties. As ratings for the National Sports Report began to drop, the Detroit Sports Report ratings remained good. National Sports Report was canceled in 2004 and FSN dropped many of the regional sports report shows later that year or in 2005. Detroit Sports Report was canceled in April 2007. National Sports Report was replaced by a similar show Final Score in 2006.
  • Lions Live – Was a 30-minute post-game show featuring highlights, reaction and analysis of Detroit Lions games. Former Detroit Lion Rob Rubick provided his analysis with host Mickey York. The show also covered the Rod Marinelli Monday Press Conference with host Matt Shepard, as well as Detroit Free Press sports writer Nick Cotsonika. It was canceled after the 2007 season to avoid conflicts with Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings coverage, as well as other local and national content. The television channel currently has no Lions programming, however its website features a large amount of coverage of the team.
  • Pistons Insider – A 30-minute pre-recorded in-season pregame show where 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 that profiles 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.
  • Fox Sports Detroit was the home of the WNBA's Detroit Shock until the 2009 season, after which the team moved to Tulsa.


  • 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.

National programming[edit]

See List of Fox Sports Net programs broadcast nationwide

Notable personalities[edit]

Hosts and reporters[edit]

  • John KeatingLive host, field/clubhouse reporter (1997–present)
  • Matt Shepard – field/clubhouse reporter (1999–present)

Detroit Tigers[edit]

  • Mario Impemba – Tigers play-by-play (2002–present)
  • Rod Allen – Tigers color commentator (2003–present)
  • Craig Monroe – Tigers studio analyst (2012–present)
  • Kirk Gibson – Tigers color commentator (2015–present)
  • Jack Morris – Tigers color commentator (2015–present)

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

  • Ken Daniels – Red Wings play-by-play (1997–present)
  • Mickey Redmond – Red Wings analyst (1997–present)
  • Darren Eliot – Red Wings studio analyst (2012–present)
  • Chris Osgood - Red Wings studio analyst, select road games analyst (2013–present)

Detroit Pistons[edit]

  • George Blaha – Pistons play-by-play (1997–present)
  • Greg Kelser – Pistons color commentator (1997–present)
  • Mateen Cleaves – Pistons studio analyst/fill-in color commentator (2010–present)
  • Grant Long – Pistons Analyst and Sideline Reporter (2014–present)
  • Jerry Stackhouse – Pistons analyst (2013–present)
  • Matt Dery – Fill-in Pistons play-by-play (2006–present)

College and high school[edit]

  • 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 BrandstatterInside Michigan Football host (1997–present)
  • Doug KarschMichigan 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)

Other services[edit]

Fox Sports Detroit HD[edit]

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 as well as respective pre-game and post-game shows and team magazine shows, as well as all college and high school games and programs. The new show Wingspan became the first locally produced pre-recorded program to be broadcast in HD.[2] In 2010, Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and MHSAA games began airing in HD. Nationally televised FSN games and other programs, as well as those from SEC TV, are also aired in HD. Like the standard-definition version, 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 Plus[edit]

Fox Sports Detroit Plus is a game-time only alternate feed of Fox Sports Detroit.[9] It was launched in 2007 to solve scheduling conflicts, such as those of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, and Detroit 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 national FSN college football, college basketball, college baseball and tennis telecasts and others, 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 did the play-by-play in Spanish; 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 Plus also has an HD feed which is available on DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, WOW! and some smaller regional cable systems.[9]

Fox Sports Detroit On Demand[edit]

Fox Sports Detroit On Demand is the video on demand service of Fox Sports Detroit. It launched in October 2008. It includes the channel's magazine and coach's shows, presented commercial-free. It is available on Comcast. On August 7, 2009, it began adding full length Tigers games on demand.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Reynolds, Mike (March 19, 2008). "FSN Detroit Nets Pro Sports 3 pointer". Multichannel News. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Brudenell, Mike (October 2, 2009). "New Fox Sports Detroit HD Studio Unveiled Tonight". Detroit Free Press ( Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Sandomir, Richard (September 1, 1997). "Broadcast Giants Vie for Control of Regional Sports Markets". New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "FSN's York excited to return home". Detroit News. ( Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ Johnson, John (October 4, 2010). "FOX Sports Detroit To Deliver All MHSAA Championships To Cable & Online Audiences". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2014 Michigan Football Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ FS Detroit Staff (August 18, 2011). "FSD enhances prep football coverage". Retrieved August 18, 2011. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Fox Sports Detroit Plus information". Fox Sports Detroit. Retrieved November 16, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ Umstead, Thomas (August 7, 2009). "Fox Sports, Comcast Put Detroit Tigers Games On Demand". Multichannel News. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 

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