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FSN Detroit (formerly known as Fox Sports Net Detroit) is a regional sports network that covers local sports teams in the state of Michigan. It is available in all of Michigan, northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio, some portions of northeast Wisconsin and nationwide via satellite. The FSN Detroit studios are based out of the FSN Northwest facility in Bellevue, Washington, and the control room for the network is located in Houston, Texas[1].


FSN Detroit originally launched as a competitor to the Post-Newsweek Stations' PASS Sports. After a surprise bid in 1996 to pick up the rights to the Detroit Pistons, FSN Detroit began planning 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. Washington Post sold the Tigers' and Pistons' contracts, and the contract of John Keating to FSN Detroit. [2].

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 will continue in the 2007-08 season as Larry Murphy will often provide his analysis from ice-level, with Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond remaining in the booth. Murphy also retains his role as a studio analyst and 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. [3].

On September 17, 2007, FSN Detroit celebrated its 10-year anniversary as a network. Currently, fans can vote for their favorite FSN Detroit moments in an online poll. [4] Options include the first program ever aired (A Red Wings preseason game), the "Cold War" hockey game played between Michigan and Michigan State, Justin Verlander's no-hitter against Milwaukee, and several other memorable moments. A 10-year anniversary special is scheduled for December.

Sports CoverageEdit

  • Red Wings: FSN Detroit has the rights to cover at least 65 Red Wings games in the regular season as well as some preseason games and the first two rounds of the playoffs. FSN Detroit also shows Red Wings Weekly and a Red Wings Live pre & post game show live from the location of the game.
  • Tigers: FSN Detroit has the rights to cover at least 134 Tigers games in the regular season as well as some in the preseason. FSN Detroit also has Tigers Weekly and the Tigers Live pre & post game show, but these programs are blacked out outside the Tigers home territory.[5]
  • Pistons: FSN Detroit has at least 40 telecasts with 37 regular season and 3 preseason. FSN Detroit also airs the Pistons Live pre & post game show. Select Pistons postseason games are also broadcast.
  • Lions: FSN Detroit airs a Lions postgame show and also covers the major press conferences.
  • High School sports: FSN Detroit shows the regional finals of High School football live at Ford Field, high school girls basketball and boys basketball live at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI. The High School football playoffs selection show also airs live on FSN Detroit.

Original programmingEdit

  • Lions Live: Post Game Show: FSN Detroit provides live coverage immediately following Lions games including reaction from the podium, locker room and expert analysis from Rob Rubick. Mickey York hosts, Trevor Thompson reports.
  • Lions Live: Rod Marinelli Press Conference: A 30 minute in-season show that shows the Rod Marinelli, Monday press conference live. Hosted by Matt Shepard.
  • Pistons Insider: A 30 minute in-season pregame show where Matt Shepard and Pete Skorich preview the Pistons opponent.
  • Red Wings Live: A 30 minute in season Pre-game/post-game show featuring highlights, reaction and analysis. Former Wing Larry Murphy provides his studio analysis on the Red Wings.
  • Michigan Sports Weekly: The Michigan University|Michigan]] sports scene is featured each week. It is hosted by Doug Karsch.
  • In My Own Words: A 30 minute interview featuring a sports figure in Detroit. This show is similar to Chris Myers Interview. The show debut September 9, 2007. John Keating is the host.



  • Rod Allen: Tigers Analyst (2003–present)
  • George Blaha: Pistons Play-by-Play (2006–present)
  • Cara Capuano: Live Host (2004–present)
  • Nick Cotsonika: Lions Live Host (2005–present)
  • Earl Cureton: Pistons studio 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), Fill in Live host (2007–present)
  • Terry Foster: Friday's with Foster (2004–present)
  • Katrina Hancock: Shock Sideline Reporter (2007–present)
  • Mario Impemba: Tigers Play-by-Play, Oakland University basketball Play-by-Play (2002–present)
  • Doug Karsch: Host Michigan Sports Weekly (2006–present)
  • John Keating: Tigers Live Host, Red Wings Live Host, High School Football Play-by-Play (1997–present)
  • Greg Kelser: Pistons Analyst, High School Basketball Analyst, College Basketball Analyst (1997–present)
  • Angie Mentink: Live Anchor (2000–present)
  • Larry Murphy: Fill-in Red Wings 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)
  • Rob Rubick: Lions Analyst (1999–present)
  • Shireen Saski: Reporter (1999–present)
  • Matt Shepard: CCHA Play-by-Play, Features Reporter, Fill-in Pistons Play-by-Play, Pistons Live Anchor, Lions Live Host, High School Football Play-by-Play (1997–present)
  • Trevor Thompson: Field/Clubhouse Correspondent(2000–present) Fill-in Live Anchor(2003–present)
  • John Wangler: High School Football Analyst (2002–present)
  • Cameron Wong: Live Anchor (2003–present)
  • Mickey York: Lead Live Anchor (2003–present), Reporter (2000–2003)


Broadcast TeamsEdit



  • CCHA: Ken Daniels or Matt Shepard and Fred Pletsch
  • Oakland Basketball: Mario Impemba and Greg Kelser or Rick Mahorn

High SchoolsEdit

  1. Dan Dickerson-Stan Edwards
  2. Matt Shepard-Rob Rubick
  3. John Keating-John Wangler

FSN Detroit HDEdit

FSN HD is a high definition telecasts of select Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers broadcasts.

FSN Detroit HD is available:

FSN PlusEdit

In 2007, FSN Plus was launched to handle overflow games that could not air on FSN Detroit. It is an alternate feed rather than a full channel. FSN Plus will show local sporting events that are unable to be shown on the regular FSN Detroit due to scheduling conflicts. It aired a handful of Detroit Tigers games in 2007. In the future there are plans to show some CCHA games, MHSAA finals for football and basketball, as well as some Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings telecasts.

List of local FSN Plus Providers/Channels

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