Michigan prep basketball finals on FSN Detroit; Comcast moves FSN Plus to digital




FSN Detroit’s coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues this month with live presentation of the 2008 MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Finals on consecutive Saturdays, March 8 and 15. The girls finals are contested this Saturday, March 8, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. Play-by-play announcers are Dan Gutowsky (Class D & A) and John Keating (Class C & B). Serving as analyst for all four games is Greg Kelser.

The boys championship games, held Saturday, March 15 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, feature play-by-play announcers Matt Shepard (Class D & C) and Keating (Class A & B), joined by analyst Kelser. Note: The boys Class C game will be seen live at 12 noon on FSN Plus, with an 11:00 PM replay on FSN Detroit. This marks the 10th consecutive year that FSN Detroit has aired the MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals, the 11th year in a row for the boys event.

Here is the lineup of the 2008 MHSAA Girls & Boys Basketball Finals on FSN Detroit,
available to 3.2 million cable and satellite homes throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest
Ohio and Northern Indiana. The participating teams are determined after semifinal action March
6-7 (girls) and March 13-14 (boys):

MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals – Saturday, March 8
Class D: 10:00 AM, LIVE (Dan Gutowsky, Greg Kelser)
Class A: 12:00 PM, LIVE (Gutowsky, Kelser)
Class C: 4:00 PM, LIVE (John Keating, Kelser)
Class B: 6:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, Kelser)

MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals – Saturday, March 15
Class D: 10:00 AM, LIVE (Matt Shepard, Kelser)
Class C: 12:00 PM, LIVE on FSN Plus* (Shepard, Kelser) – replay 11:00 PM on FSN Detroit
Class A: 4:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, Kelser)
Class B: 8:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, Kelser)

FSN Plus: Schedule and Channel Update

March and April provide a plethora of sporting events of local interest which means FSN Detroit will once again activate its auxiliary service, FSN Plus, several times in the coming weeks. On days with simultaneous games, FSN Detroit will carry one game, while cable and satellite providers make FSN Plus available to air the second contest.

Below is the upcoming schedule of FSN Plus events, which includes college and high school basketball tournament action, a Red Wings game and three early-season Tigers games:

- Sun. March 9: 7:30 pm – ACC Men’s Basketball: Maryland at Virginia
- Mon. March 10: Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament:
    7:00 pm – Semifinal #1, 9:30 pm – Semifinal #2
- Thu. March 13: MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament:
    12:00 pm – Quarterfinal #1, 2:30 pm – Quarterfinal #2
    7:00 pm – Quarterfinal #3, 9:30 pm – Quarterfinal #4
- Fri. March 14: MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament:
    7:00 pm – Semifinal #1, 9:30 pm – Semifinal #2
- Sat. March 15: 12:00 pm – MHSAA Boys Basketball: Class C Final
- Sat. March 15: 3:00 pm – MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament: Championship Game (delayed)
- Sat. March 22: 7:00 pm – Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Red Wings Live at 6:30 & postgame)
- Wed. April 9: 7:00 pm – Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (Tigers Live at 6:30 & postgame)
- Fri. April 11: 8:00 pm – Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox (Tigers Live at 7:30 & postgame)
- Tue. April 15: 7:00 PM – Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (Tigers Live at 6:30 & postgame)

With the shutdown of the Comcast Local channel on Comcast systems across Michigan, viewers of FSN Plus will need digital service to receive the programming on either Channel 900 or 901.

FSN Plus Channel Locations

The list of current channel numbers for FSN PLUS, as assigned by satellite and cable providers (as of February 29, 2008):

Dish Network: 444 to 453 (varies by date)

Comcast: Throughout Michigan 900 or 901 (requires digital service)

Bright House Networks: Western Detroit suburbs 77

Wide Open West (WOW!) Detroit suburbs: 14

Charter Throughout Michigan: 88 (requires digital service)

Buckeye Toledo: 8 (with converter) or 13

Wyandotte Cable Wyandotte: 17

Allendale Communications Allendale: 20

Bath / Perry / Laingsburg: 97
Bellevue / Olivet: 97
Charlotte 97:
Concord / Hanover: 19
Grass Lake: 19
Hastings: 18
Lake Odessa / Sunfield / Mulliken: 18
Leslie / Stockbridge: 97
Marshall / Albion / Homer: 19
Mason / Dansville: 97
Portland: 18
Potterville / Dimondale: 97
Saranac / Clarksville: 18
South Lyon: 97
Williamston / Webberville / Fowlerville: 97

City of Negaunee Negaunee: 49

D&P Communications St. Petersburg: 21

Correctional Cable TV--
Adrian: 58
Coldwater: 44
Detroit: 45
Jackson: 51







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