Television: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008




FS Detroit to air high school playoff selection show

High school football teams around the state will huddle around their television sets this Sunday, October 26th, at 6:30 p.m. to find out the qualifiers and pairings for the 2008 Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs during the Selection Sunday Show, exclusively on Fox Sports Detroit.

The 30-minute program, hosted by FSN's Mickey York and Ryan Field, will provide a rundown of the 256 teams that have qualified for the MHSAA Playoffs, as well as their first round matchups and game sites.

"Selection Sunday is one of the biggest television shows we do with FSN all year long," said John Johnson, communications director for the MHSAA. "The Selection Sunday Show has created a great atmosphere for the beginning of the playoffs, as teams gather together to celebrate their great season, and then watch to find out about their tournament draw. It's also one of the biggest nights of the year for our website,"

Following the completion of the Selection Sunday Show at about 7 p.m., the MHSAA website,, will provide the complete list of playoff qualifiers and first round pairings. Actual game times will be added to the list the following day as they are determined and provided by the participating schools.



FS Detroit's next "Under the Lights" episode features Red Wings prospect camp

The next installment of Fox Sports Detroit's "Under the Lights" follows four promising Detroit Red Wings draftees through every aspect of the team's September prospect camp in Traverse City. Under the Lights: Red Wings Prospect Camp - Living the Dream premieres Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM.

One week before the veterans arrive, the Red Wings hold a camp for their prospects - highly-touted talents that represent the franchise's next generation of players. Prospect camp is boot camp/job orientation/tournament rolled into one - all with the constant reminder that the most important eyes of the organization are focused on them.

The Fox Sports Detroit cameras and microphones followed forwards Justin Abdelkader, Cory Emmerton and Mattias Ritola, as well as goaltender Thomas McCollum, through the fitness tests, team meetings, practices and games. Fox Sports Detroit was granted unprecedented access to the prospects, general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, head coach Mike Babcock as well as the players and coaches that keep the Red Wings winning tradition on course. The show takes an inside look how the player evaluation process works with a rare, unfiltered glimpse of how personnel decisions are made.

Through interviews with Holland, Nill, Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Curt Fraser, player development director Jiri Fischer and others, viewers find out what is expected from prospects as they progress through the organization. Each of the four featured players describe how they struggle to live up the expectations and embrace a whole new way of playing in the professional ranks.







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