Fox Sports Detroit

Fox Sports Detroit is an American regional sports network owned by The Walt Disney Company 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.[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 and 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 and Little Caesars Arena.

Fox Sports Detroit
Fox sports detroit
LaunchedSeptember 17, 1997
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company (sale pending to Diamond Holdings, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios joint venture)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganInside Detroit Sports
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaMichigan
Northeastern Indiana
Northwest Ohio
Northeast Wisconsin
Nationwide (via satellite)
HeadquartersSouthfield, Michigan
Formerly calledFox 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
Cable/satellite:
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
Fox Soccer Plus
Big Ten Network
Fox College Sports
Fox Deportes
Websitewww.foxsports.com/detroit
Availability
(Some events may air on overflow feed Fox Sports Detroit Plus due to event conflicts)
Satellite
DirecTV663 Fox Sports Detroit (SD/HD)
663-1 Fox Sports Detroit Plus (SD/HD)
Dish Network430 Fox Sports Detroit (SD/HD)
Fox Sports Detroit Plus channel varies by date
Cable
Available on most cable systems within designated broadcast areaConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verseFox Sports Detroit:
737 (SD)
1737 (HD)
Fox Sports Detroit Plus:
738 (SD)
1738 (HD)
Streaming media
Fox Sports Gowww.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 TVInternet Protocol television

History

Beginnings

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]

Studios

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

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

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.[6] Fox Sports Detroit also airs Lions Live after regular season games, and Monday head coach press conferences.

New ownership

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.[7] 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 is subject to regulatory approval.[8]

Programming

Local team coverage

Professional teams

  • 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 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.[6]

College coverage

High school sports

  • 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)[9]

Weekly shows

  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12]

Former programs

  • 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.
  • Fox Sports Detroit was the home of the WNBA's Detroit Shock until the 2009 season, after which the team relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Specials

  • 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.[13]
  • The Roar of '84 - about the 1984 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers

National programming

Notable on-air staff

Hosts and reporters

  • John Keating - host/reporter (1997–present)
  • Trevor Thompson, Mickey York, Johnny Kane, Mike Nafso, Rachel Elliot, Brooke Fletcher – hosts/reporters

Detroit Tigers

  • 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 Wings

  • 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)

Detroit Pistons

  • 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 school

  • 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)

Former personalities

  • 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)

Other services

Fox Sports Detroit HD

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

Fox Sports Detroit Plus is a game-time only alternate feed of Fox Sports Detroit.[14] 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.[14]

Fox Sports Detroit On Demand

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.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Mike Reynolds (March 19, 2008). "FSN Detroit Nets Pro Sports 3 pointer". Multichannel News. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  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 CallSam.com.
  3. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (July 8, 1996). "Liberty Sports regionals will become Fox Sports net". Multichannel News. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. 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. 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 SportscastingJobs.com.
  6. ^ a b "FOX Sports Detroit, FOX2 become Lions' official TV partners". Fox Sports. May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Disney can buy Fox if it sells 22 regional sports networks, Justice Dept. says". USA Today. June 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Cynthia Littleton (May 3, 2019). "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "2014 Michigan Football Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  11. ^ "Men's Basketball Broadcast Information". University of Michigan Athletic Department. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  12. ^ FS Detroit Staff (August 18, 2011). "FSD enhances prep football coverage". FoxSportsDetroit.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  13. ^ ‘A New Day in Detroit’ Fox Sports Detroit official website April 27, 2017
  14. ^ a b "Fox Sports Detroit Plus information". Fox Sports Detroit. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  15. ^ 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.

External links

Chris Osgood

Christopher John Osgood (born November 26, 1972) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He is ranked twelfth in wins in NHL regular season history with 401. Osgood spent the first part of his 17-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, then the New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues before returning to Detroit in 2005. He won three Stanley Cup championships in his career, all with the Red Wings, with two of them coming while he was starting goaltender. Osgood was known in Detroit by his nicknames "Ozzie," chanted by the crowd after a big save, and "The Wizard of Oz." Osgood is currently a Detroit Red Wings studio analyst and part-time color commentator for Fox Sports Detroit.

He was the last NHL goalie to wear a traditional player's helmet/cage combo instead of the newer one piece goalie mask as he was grandfathered by the NHL, until Rick DiPietro briefly wore one in 2011 with a cage that Osgood actually used to wear, after DiPietro was injured in a fight with Brent Johnson. He is also one of only 11 goaltenders in NHL history to have scored a goal, and one of only six to have scored by shooting the puck directly into the opponent's net (not an "own goal"), on March 6, 1996 versus the Hartford Whalers.

Comcast Television

Comcast Television and Comcast Television 2 are two Comcast owned and operated digital cable television channels, available to Comcast subscribers in Michigan on channels 900 and 901 (excluding Berrien County, where it is not carried). They are used mostly for infomercials and classified ads. They also broadcast sports shows, such as Heartland Poker and Midwest Outdoor Magazine, as well as public affairs shows such as Comcast Newsmakers. Comcast Television was launched on March 1, 2008, after the closure of Comcast Local.

On August 15, 2008, Comcast launched Comcast Television 2, which also shows infomercials and classified ads. Comcast Television 2 is also used for Fox Sports Detroit's overflow feed, Fox Sports Detroit Plus.

Craig Monroe

Craig Keystone Monroe (nicknamed "C. Mo") (born February 27, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He played for the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates and is currently a studio analyst and field reporter for Detroit Tigers TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Detroit.

Dan Petry

Daniel Joseph Petry (born November 13, 1958) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1979–87 and 1990–91), California Angels (1988–89), Atlanta Braves (1991) and Boston Red Sox (1991). He currently serves as a studio analyst for Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Lions Television Network

The Detroit Lions Television Network is a network of seven television stations (and one cable/satellite channel) in Michigan and Ohio that broadcast the NFL's Detroit Lions preseason games and related coverage. On May 21, 2015, the Detroit Lions announced a multi-year broadcast partnership with WJBK (Fox 2) and Fox Sports Detroit. 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. The wrap around shows' hosts are Fox 2 sports director and Lions radio announcer Dan Miller, former Lions wide receiver Herman Moore, and Fox 2 sports anchors/reporters Jamie Samuelsen, Jennifer Hammond, and Woody Woodriffe. The game announcers are sportscaster Matt Shepard with play-by-play, former Lions linebacker Chris Spielman with color commentary, and Fox 2 sports reporter Jennifer Hammond with sideline reports. The network also airs a live regular season pre-game show called Lions Game Day Live, while Fox Sports Detroit has a live regular season post-game show called Lions Live.

FSN Chicago

FSN Chicago was an American regional sports network that was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and was owned by Cablevision for most of its history (from 1987 to 2005). News Corporation acquired a minority ownership interest in the network in 1997, which Cablevision bought out in 2005. The network was affiliated with SportsChannel from 1987 to 1997, when it became an affiliate of Fox Sports Net.

The network carried games from most of the Chicago area's major league sports teams including the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball franchises; the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks; the NBA's Chicago Bulls; the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer; and the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush. The network also aired local and national collegiate sports, including teams sourced from its sister network Fox Sports Detroit.

George Blaha

George Blaha (born March 29, 1945) has been the radio and television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons since the 1976–77 NBA season. He currently is the lead play-by-play man on Fox Sports Detroit, but does radio play-by-play instead during nationally televised games in place of the Pistons' regular radio play-by-play man Mark Champion. He is also the play by play voice of the Michigan State Spartans Football Team.

Jack Morris

John Scott Morris (born May 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. He is currently a color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1977 and 1994, mainly for the Detroit Tigers. Morris won 254 games throughout his career.

Armed with a fastball, a slider, and a forkball, Morris was a five-time All-Star (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1991), and played on four World Series Championship teams (1984 Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, and 1992–1993 Toronto Blue Jays). He went 3–0 in the 1984 postseason with two complete game victories in the 1984 World Series, and 4–0 in the 1991 postseason with a ten-inning complete game victory in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. Morris won the Babe Ruth Award in both 1984 and 1991, and was named World Series MVP in 1991. While he gave up the most hits, most earned runs, and most home runs of any pitcher in the 1980s, he also started the most games, pitched the most innings, and had the most wins of any pitcher in that decade. He is one of seven players in MLB history to have won back-to back World Series championships on different teams, the other six being Ben Zobrist, Jake Peavy, Bill Skowron, Clem Labine, Don Gullett, and Ryan Theriot.

Since retiring as a player, Morris has worked as a broadcast color analyst for the Blue Jays, Twins, and Tigers. He has also been an analyst for MLB broadcasts on Fox Sports 1. Morris was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

John Keating (sportscaster)

John Keating (born c. 1957) is a Fox Sports Detroit host and reporter. He was born in Madison Heights, Michigan. He attended Grand Valley State University. Keating has won five Michigan Emmys during his time at Fox Sports Detroit and is their longest serving anchor. He was previously an anchor on the defunct PASS Sports in Detroit. Keating is known for his bizarre pop culture analogies, often comparing recent sports games and their participants to current events and the latest news in the lives of celebrities.

Ken Daniels

Ken Daniels is a Canadian sportscaster. Currently the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL on Fox Sports Detroit, entering his 19th season as the voice of the Red Wings, he is best known as a sportscaster with CBC Sports, having worked for the network from 1985 until 1997, the year he joined the Red Wings. Daniels now lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Kirk Gibson

Kirk Harold Gibson (nicknamed "Gibby") (born May 28, 1957) is an American former professional baseball player and manager. He is currently a color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit and a special assistant for the Tigers. As a player, Gibson was an outfielder who batted and threw left-handed. He spent most of his career with the Detroit Tigers but also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

A fierce competitor, Gibson is perhaps best known for two dramatic home runs in the World Series, each of them off a relief pitcher who would end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. With the Tigers, he clinched the 1984 World Series with a three-run homer off Goose Gossage, who had refused to walk him with a base open. While with the Dodgers, Gibson was named the National League MVP in 1988. In game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Gibson faced heralded closer Dennis Eckersley and hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run—often described as one of the most exciting moments in World Series history. He was named to the All-Star team twice, in 1985 and 1988, but declined the invitation both times. He announced his retirement from baseball in August 1995.

Following his retirement as a player, he spent five seasons as a television analyst in Detroit and then became a coach for the Tigers in 2003. He became the Diamondbacks' bench coach in 2007 and was promoted to interim manager in 2010 following the mid-season dismissal of A. J. Hinch. On October 4, 2010, the Diamondbacks removed the "interim" label, naming Gibson their manager for the 2011 season. Gibson served as the Diamondbacks' manager until September 26, 2014.

Larry Murphy (ice hockey)

Lawrence Thomas Murphy (born March 8, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently serves as a studio analyst for the Detroit Red Wings on Fox Sports Detroit.

Mario Impemba

Mario Impemba (born March 18, 1963) is an American sportscaster, currently a part-time radio play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox.

Matt Shepard (sportscaster)

Matthew Shepard (born 1965) is an American television play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit. He has also covered professional, collegiate and high school sports in the Metro Detroit area since the 1990s.

Mickey Redmond

Michael Edward "Mickey" Redmond (born December 27, 1947)[1] is a former professional hockey player. He is currently a color analyst for Detroit Red Wings games on television for Fox Sports Detroit.

Pro-Am Sports System

The Pro-Am Sports System (better known as PASS Sports or simply PASS) was an American regional sports network that operated from 1982 to 1997. It also served as an affiliate of the Prime Network from 1988 to 1996. Based in Detroit, Michigan, the channel broadcast regional coverage of sports events throughout Michigan, mainly covering professional, collegiate and high school sports in the Metro Detroit area and throughout Michigan.

Rod Allen

Roderick Bernet Allen (born October 5, 1959) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and former analyst for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Saturday Baseball. He played for the Seattle Mariners, Tigers, and the Cleveland Indians, and also the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. He previously worked as an analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tom Gage (journalist)

Tom Gage (born April 2, 1948) is an American sportswriter who worked for The Detroit News as the Detroit Tigers beat writer from 1979 to 2015. Gage was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2015.

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