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Fox Sports Detroit
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Launched September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17)
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
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 (first tenure; 1997–2000)
Fox Sports Net Detroit (2000–2004)
FSN Detroit (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s) Broadcast:
WJBK Detroit (Fox 2)
Fox Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Big Ten Network
Fox College Sports
Fox Deportes
(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:
737 (SD)
1737 (HD)
Fox Sports Detroit Plus:
738 (SD)
1738 (HD)
Streaming media
Fox Sports Go
(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)

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

Fox Sports Detroit is available on cable television throughout Michigan, as well as in northeastern Indiana, northwest Ohio and some portions of northeastern Wisconsin; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network. The network's production facilities and offices are based in Southfield, Michigan,[2] 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, The Palace of Auburn Hills and Joe Louis Arena.



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.[3] 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.[4]


From its launch until January 16, 2008, Fox Sports Detroit broadcast its studio shows out of FSN Northwest's facilities in Bellevue, Washington.[5] 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.[2]

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

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.[1] 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.

Detroit Lions preseason coverage[edit]

On May 21, 2015, the Detroit Lions announced a multi-year broadcast partnership with Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK) and Fox Sports Detroit. Fox Sports Detroit will produce the preseason game broadcasts with Fox 2 producing the pre-game and post-game segments. The games will air live on Fox 2 and the rest of the Detroit Lions Television Network, with re-airings on Fox Sports Detroit. [6]


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.
  • Detroit LionsLions Live airs after all games. Weekly Monday press conference with the Lions' head coach.[6]

College coverage[edit]

High school sports[edit]

  • 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)[7]

Weekly shows[edit]

  • 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 – Formerly titled Red Wings Weekly, a 30-minute in-season show featuring off-the-ice stories of the Detroit Red Wings.
  • 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. 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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.
  • 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 airs live Friday nights at 12:00 a.m. during the fall.[10]

Former programs[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 (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.
  • Lions Live – A 30-minute post-game show featuring highlights, reaction and analysis of Detroit Lions games. Hosted by Mickey York with analysis provided by former Detroit Lion Rob Rubick, the program 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, Pistons and Red Wings coverage, as well as other local and national content. Fox Sports Detroit currently does not air any 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 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.
  • Fox Sports Detroit was the home of the WNBA's Detroit Shock until the 2009 season, after which the team relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma.


  • 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]

Notable on-air staff[edit]

Hosts and reporters[edit]

  • John KeatingLive host, field/clubhouse reporter (1997–present)
  • Matt Shepard – field/clubhouse reporter (1999–present)
  • Trevor Thompson, Justin White, Mickey York, Johnny Kane - hosts/reporters

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)
  • Jack Morris – Tigers color commentator and studio analyst (2015–present)
  • Kirk Gibson - Tigers color commentator and studio analyst (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, 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.[2] 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 Plus[edit]

Fox Sports Detroit Plus is a game-time only alternate feed of Fox Sports Detroit.[11] 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 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.[11]

Fox Sports Detroit On Demand[edit]

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.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Mike Brudenell (October 2, 2009). "New Fox Sports Detroit HD Studio Unveiled Tonight". Detroit Free Press (Gannett Company). Archived from the original on November 25, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2010 – via 
  3. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (July 8, 1996). "Liberty Sports regionals will become Fox Sports net". Multichannel News. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved April 7, 2015 – via HighBeam Research. 
  4. ^ Richard Sandomir (September 1, 1997). "Broadcast Giants Vie for Control of Regional Sports Markets". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "FSN's York excited to return home". The Detroit News. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on March 24, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2010 – via 
  6. ^ a b "FOX Sports Detroit, FOX2 become Lions' official TV partners". Fox Sports. May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ John Johnson (October 4, 2010). "FOX Sports Detroit To Deliver All MHSAA Championships To Cable & Online Audiences". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2014 Michigan Football Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Men's Basketball Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ FS Detroit Staff (August 18, 2011). "FSD enhances prep football coverage". Retrieved August 18, 2011. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "Fox Sports Detroit Plus information". Fox Sports Detroit. Retrieved November 16, 2010. [dead link]
  12. ^ Thomas Umstead (August 7, 2009). "Fox Sports, Comcast Put Detroit Tigers Games On Demand". Multichannel News. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 

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