Tigers Home Opener on April 10th, plus 15 other games to air on Channel 20
The Detroit Tigers senior vice president of business operations Duane McLean announced today that TV20 (WDWB) and Fox Sports Net (FSN) Detroit will air the Detroit Tigers opening day game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Monday April 10th. The game will be broadcast on FSN Detroit and simulcast on TV20, beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT. Working with the Tigers, FSN also has acquired the rights to 15 additional Tigers games this season – starting in June – that will be televised on TV20 and a to-be-determined network of over-the-air stations throughout the state.
Mario Impemba and Rod Allen will be announcing all the televised games for FSN Detroit and TV20. “We're pleased to reach this agreement with FSN Detroit and TV20, and provide fans and communities with over-the-air Major League Baseball in 2006,” said McLean. “We worked diligently for several months to reach an agreement that is good for our fans, good for our broadcast partners and good for the Detroit Tigers. Broadcast negotiations are often complex and thanks to terrific efforts by both FSN Detroit and TV20, we've got a good agreement and there are now more opportunities for fans to follow the Tigers throughout the season – and just in time for Opening Day!”
“I'm thrilled that together, we're able to give our entire community the opportunity to watch the pageantry of Opening Day in Detroit," said Greg Hammaren, vice president/general manager, FSN Detroit. "FSN Detroit, TV20 and the Tigers all worked as a team to produce and deliver additional games this season for fans to enjoy." “We are proud to be part of the collaboration that delivers a home run for Detroit's baseball fans,” said Sarah Norat-Phillips, president/general manager, TV20 Detroit. “I especially credit Greg Hammaren for his energy behind the agreement and thank the Detroit Tigers for their ongoing efforts to reach an agreement.”
The Tigers, FSN Detroit and TV20 have agreed to boost Detroit's 2006 baseball television schedule by 15 games, including a simulcast of Monday's Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox that will provide Detroit's audience with "free" TV coverage... Tigers fans get 'free' TV (Detroit News, Sat 4/8)