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Fox Sports Detroit
Launched September 17, 1997
Network Fox Sports Net
SEC Network
Owned by Fox Cable Networks
(News Corp.)
Picture format 480i (SD)
720p (HD)
Slogan Get Your Game On
More is Better (FS Detroit +)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Michigan
Northeast 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 (Although unrelated to Fox Sports Detroit, the new network's quick monopoly forced PASS's owners to surrender their broadcast contracts to Fox Sports Detroit and shut down.)
Sister channel(s) WJBK
Big Ten Network
Fox College Sports
DirecTV 663 FS Detroit (SD/HD)
664 FS Detroit Plus (SD)
664-1 FS Detroit Plus HD
Dish Network 430 FS Detroit SD
5430 FS Detroit HD
Plus channel varies by date (check here)
Available on most cable systems in Michigan, parts of Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin Check here
AT&T U-verse 737 FS Detroit SD
738 FS Detroit Plus
1737 FS Detroit HD

Fox Sports Detroit (stylized as FS DETROIT), is a regional sports network that covers local sports teams in the state of Michigan and an owned and operated affiliate of Fox Sports Net. It is the exclusive home of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings.[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, pre-game, post-game and pro sports team magazine shows are aired from their new all digital HD studio in Southfield, Michigan, in addition to the game site.[2] Fox Sports Detroit is also the Michigan affiliate of ESPN Plus' new SEC Network, for college football.[3]



Fox Sports Detroit originally launched as a competitor to the Post-Newsweek Stations' PASS Sports as Fox Sports Detroit (later renamed to just FSN Detroit). After a surprise bid in 1996 to pick up the rights to the Detroit Pistons, plans were made to launch the network by 1997.

However, this changed when Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers TV rights were up for bid. FSN Detroit decided to bid for the rights against PASS Sports and won them both, the Red Wings beginning with the 1997–98 NHL season and the Tigers beginning in 1998 MLB season. Post-Newsweek decided to fold PASS Sports and sold the remainder of its Tigers and Pistons contracts, and the contract of John Keating, to FSN Detroit.

On December 12, 2006, FSN Detroit became the first United States television station to have its play-by-play commentator at ice level when Detroit Red Wings play-by-play man Ken Daniels broadcasted the Wings-Senators game from between the benches, while color commentator Mickey Redmond remained in the booth. This continued in the 2007-08 season as Larry Murphy often provided his analysis from ice-level, with Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond remaining in the booth. Murphy also retains his role as a fill-in color analyst.

On May 24 and May 25, 2007, legendary Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell filled in for Rod Allen as color commentator for games against the Los Angeles Angels. It was Harwell's first appearance on FSN Detroit as a live commentator since June 1, 2003, when he also filled in for Allen.[4]

On September 17, 2007, FSN Detroit celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a network. Fans were able to vote for their favorite FSN Detroit moments in an online poll, and the top ten moments were revisited during a 10-year anniversary special, which aired for the first time on December 15, 2007 and many times since.

On January 16, 2008 Fox Sports Detroit announced its "Live" pre-game postgame shows would no longer be aired from the Fox Sports Northwest studios in Bellevue, WA. Lions Live was canceled altogether. From February 1, 2008 until the end of 2009 Tigers season, the pre-game postgame shows originated only from the venue where that night's game was held. Mickey York and John Keating remain the regular anchors for Tigers Live, Pistons Live and Red Wings Live. Other reporters and hosts appear regularly.

In March 2008, Fox Sports Detroit signed a new long term contract with the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers for more games than ever before, becoming the exclusive local home of all 3 teams for the first time.[1] The channel shared rights with some broadcast stations in Michigan until spring of 2008. Most recently these stations were WMYD and WDIV for the Pistons (until the end of the 2007-2008 NBA season), WJBK for the Tigers (until the end of the 2007 MLB season), and WKBD for the Red Wings (until the end of the 2002-2003 NHL season).

On October 1, 2009, Fox Sports Detroit 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. 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.[2]



Fox Sports Detroit used its current name when it in launched in 1997, until 2000. It then lengthened it to Fox Sports Net Detroit in 2000 and branded as such until 2004. Later that year it was shortened to FSN Detroit.

In September 2008, Fox Sports Detroit began using a new logo bug during college football telecasts, now branding the station as FS DETROIT, and voiceovers began dropping "Net" from the station branding (which would make the network known again as Fox Sports Detroit, as it was when it launched). The logo becomes FS PISTONS during Pistons games and Pistons Live; FS RED WINGS during Red Wings games and Red Wings Live; and FS TIGERS during Tigers games and Tigers Live. However the announcers still refer to the channel vocally only as Fox Sports Detroit during games. The color of FS is red during Pistons and Red Wings games and orange for Tigers games; the same coloring is used in all each team's versions of the Live. For all other shows and games (local and national), it is simply FS DETROIT with the FS in light blue.

Local sports coverage

  • Detroit Red Wings: Fox Sports Detroit has the rights to cover up to 70 Detroit Red Wings games in the regular season as well as some preseason games and the first two rounds of the playoffs. FS Detroit also shows Wingspan (formerly Red Wings Weekly) and a Red Wings Live pre & post game show.
  • Detroit Tigers: Fox Sports Detroit has the rights to cover at least 150 Detroit Tigers games in the regular season as well as some Spring Training games. Fox Sports Detroit also has Tigers Weekly and the Tigers Live pre & post game show.
  • Detroit Pistons: Fox Sports Detroit has rights to up to 70 regular-season Detroit Pistons games as well as some early round playoff games. Fox Sports Detroit also airs Pistons Insider, (the pre-game show in which the night's opponent is discussed) and Pistons Live (the pre-game and post-game show), as well as magazine show Pistons Weekly.
  • High School sports: Fox Sports Detroit shows Michigan High School Athletic Association Football and Girls & Boys Basketball State Finals live. The MHSAA football playoffs selection show also airs live on FS Detroit. Its high school magazine shows are MHSAA Magazine and Michigan High School Hammertime.

Original programming

All Live programs are aired both from the new studio and from the game location.

  • Pistons Live: A 30 minute pre-game and post-game show hosted by Mickey York, John Keating, Trevor Thompson or Ryan Field show featuring highlights, reaction and analysis. Former Detroit Pistons Earl Cureton and Greg Kelser provide their analysis as well as Detroit News sports writer Terry Foster. Also features interviews with players and post-game press conferences. The pre-game version is only before home games.
  • Red Wings Live: A 30 minute in season Pre-game/post-game show hosted by Mickey York or John Keating featuring highlights, reaction and analysis. Former Detroit Red Wing Larry Murphy provides his analysis on the Detroit Red Wings. Trevor Thompson, Ryan Field and Justin White also provide reports. Also features interviews with players and head coach Mike Babcock.
  • CCHA All-Access: A 30 minute weekly discussion of CCHA hockey, hosted by Michael Kosta.
  • Michigan Golf Live: A weekly show that promotes golfing and golf courses in Michigan. Despite its name, it is pre-recorded, not broadcast live.

Former shows

  • The Detroit Sports Report: (or simply DSR) was a Detroit / Michigan sports news show created in September 2000 by Fox Sports Net to help increase ratings for National Sports Report. Marc Soicher and Angie Arlotti were the original anchors of the 10:00 show, while Soicher hosted a 7:00 pm show by himself. Mickey York and Brad Adam hosted the show on the weekend. 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 and WDFN to become a correspondent / weekend anchor to fill York's duties. As National Sports Report ratings began to drop, the Detroit Sports Report ratings were good. National Sports Report was cancelled 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.
  • 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 in the 2009-10 season.
  • Spotlight: Detroit: A series that profiles prominent Detroit sports figures. FSD has not produced new episodes since 2007 but it is still aired during rain delays of Tigers games.
  • 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. Was canceled in 2008.


  • 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.



  • Rod Allen: Tigers Analyst (2003–present)
  • Jim Brandstatter: Host of Inside Michigan Football with Rich Rodriguez (formerly known as Michigan Replay, which he also hosted).
  • George Blaha: Pistons Play-by-Play and host of Pistons Weekly (2006–present)
  • Mateen Cleaves: Pistons Analyst (2010–present)
  • Earl Cureton: College Basketball analyst (2007–present)
  • Ken Daniels: Red Wings Play-by-Play, CCHA Play-by-Play (1997–present)
  • Matt Dery: Fill-in Pistons Play-by-Play (2006–present)
  • Dan Dickerson: High School Football Play-by-Play (2002–present)
  • Stan Edwards: High School Football Analyst (2002–present)
  • Dave Ellis: Host Spartan Sports Zone (2006–present)
  • Ryan Field: Field/Clubhouse Correspondent (2003–present)
  • Mario Impemba: Tigers Play-by-Play
  • Doug Karsch: Michigan Sports Weekly host / reporter on Inside Michigan Football (2006–present)
  • John Keating: Live Host, High School Football Play-by-Play (1997–present)
  • Greg Kelser: Pistons Analyst, High School Basketball Analyst, College Basketball Analyst (1997–present)
  • Michael Kosta: CCHA All-Access Host (2008–present)
  • Rick Mahorn: College Basketball Analyst (2008–present)
  • Larry Murphy: Fill-in Red Wings Game Analyst, Wings "between the benches" analyst (2003–present)
  • Dan Petry: Fill-in Tigers Analyst (2007–present)
  • Fred Pletsch: CCHA Analyst (2003–present)
  • Mickey Redmond: Red Wings Analyst, CCHA Analyst (1997–present)
  • Shireen Saski: Reporter (1999–present)
  • Matt Shepard: CCHA Play-by-Play, Features Reporter, Fill-in Pistons Play-by-Play, Live Host, High School Football Play-by-Play, Ice Reporter (1997–present)
  • Trevor Thompson: Field/Clubhouse Correspondent(2000–present) Live Host (2003–present)
  • John Wangler: High School Football Analyst (2002–present)
  • Justin White: field / clubhouse reporter (2008–present)
  • Mickey York: Live Host (2003–present), Reporter (2000–2003)
  • Eli Zaret: Pistons Live reporter/Pistons in Focus Host/Pistons sideline reporter (2003–present)


  • Brad Adam: Live Host (2004–2007)
  • Cara Capuano: Live Host (2004–2008)
  • Terry Foster :Fridays with Foster (2004-?)
  • Kirk Gibson: Tigers Analyst (1998–2002)
  • Josh Lewin: Tigers and CCHA Hockey Play-by-Play (1998–2001)
  • Fred McLeod: Pistons Play-by-Play, Tigers Play-by-Play (1997–2006)
  • Angie Mentink: Live Host (2000–2008)
  • Matt Morrison: Live Host (2005–2007)
  • Kerry Sayers: Live Host (2002–2005)
  • Marc Soicher: Live Host (2000–2003)
  • Kelly Tripucka: Pistons Analyst (1997–2001)
  • Pat Verbeek: Alternate Red Wings Analyst (2003–2006)
  • Cameron Wong: Live Host (2003–2008)

Fox Sports Detroit HD

Fox Sports Detroit HD (stylized as FS DETROIT HD) is a 720p high definition simulcast of Fox Sports Detroit. It telecasts most 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. The new show Wingspan became the first locally produced pre-recorded program to be aired in HD.[2] Nationally televised FSN games and other programs, as well as those from SEC Network, are also aired in HD. Like the SD version, it is available nationwide via DirecTV and Dish Network, and on most cable providers in Michigan and some in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. In late August 2009, FS Detroit HD began using stylized pillarboxes of its logo during standard definition programs and games. Fox Sports Detroit has announced that almost all of its Tigers games in April-July of 2010 will be in HD. [8] The August-October HD schedule has yet to be announced.

Fox Sports Detroit Plus

Fox Sports Detroit Plus (stylized as FS DETROIT +) 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, 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 and college basketball telecasts as well, to avoid conflicts with local coverage.

Fox Sports Detroit Plus is the only affiliate on the FSN system that airs national FSN games while the main feed is airing local game coverage. It is also the only feed that doesn't have a HD version for local games.

DirecTV has a dedicated channel for FS Detroit +, as does Comcast and most other cable providers. On Dish Network, its channel number varies by date, due to lack of bandwidth.

Local announcers always omit the "Plus" during games (except when mentioning the upcoming scheduled games on the overflow channel) due to the same day repeats on the main channel. This branding began in 2009 when the entire FSN system's format was changed. In 2007 and 2008, this was different, and the vocal branding was usually "FSN Detroit Plus" and graphically "FSN Detroit +" at all times. FS Detroit+ is still displayed during national games. The current slogan for FS Detroit + is "More is Better". Its purpose is explained by all six pro-team announcers in a commercial on FS Detroit.

DirecTV and Dish Network carry HD feeds of FS Detroit + during nationally televised college football and college basketball games from FSN.

Fox Sports Detroit Plus has been used for other special local broadcasts, such as a Spanish simulcast of a Tigers game, and a "Match Up Cam", an alternate camera angle of a Pistons game.

Fox Sports Detroit On Demand

Fox Sports Detroit On Demand is the Video on demand counterpart to 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.[9] On DirecTV, FS Detroit's college coach's shows are available via Big Ten Network On Demand.

April in the D

April in the D is a musical marketing campaign that celebrates the large amount of local sports on Fox Sports Detroit in April, due to the Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings seasons (and potentially, post-seasons) overlapping, the only month of the year this is possible. It began in 2008 to promote Fox Sports Detroit's new long term exclusive contract with the 3 teams. It originally featured Los Angeles based metal band Blacklist Union.

In 2009, Fox Sports Detroit decided it would make more sense for the April in the D band to be more local, and therefore held a contest for a new one. Seventy Michigan bands entered with their original songs, and the winners were The Good Luck Joes. The band won the chance to make a music video for their song that can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit throughout April. The channel produced a local special showcasing the contest called April in the D: The Playlist which premiered April 1 at 6:30 PM EST. The Good Luck Joes were featured in the Tigers home opener party on April 10 at The Fillmore Detroit.

The 2010 contest took place in February and the winners were Detroit area band Victorious Secrets.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "SEC Network Game of the Week". Southeastern Conference. September 23, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ Detroit Tigers (May 21, 2007). "Ernie Harwell to pinch-hit twice during Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit". Press release. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2010 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo Speaker Information". Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2009 Michigan Football Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. October 7, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2010 Detroit Tigers telecase schedule". Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Umstead, Thomas (August 7, 2009). "Fox Sports, Comcast Put Detroit Tigers Games On Demand". Multichannel News. Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ "And the Winner Is". Fox Sports Detroit. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 


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