What a change from the last couple years when the Tigers were scrambling to get games on TV. This year the Tigers have ensured that all but one game will be televised – and they did it before the end of January. Last year they were still adding games in mid April.
Fox Sports Net Detroit will pick up 134 games (plus 3 spring training games). Fox 2 WJBK will be the over the air partner which will air 17 additional weekend games, plus simulcast Opening Day. For those who are out-state a network of over-the-air affiliates is being lined up throughout Michigan and the Toledo area to carry the package of games airing on WJBK. An additional 10 games will be on National television in the form of Fox Saturday Baseball or ESPN Sunday night baseball.
The lone game that won’t be aired is an April 7th tilt against the Royals that falls during Fox’s exclusive rights window.
On days when the Tigers conflict with Red Wings and Pistons playoff games, the Tigers will be aired on FSN plus. The list of satellite and cable providers carrying FSN Plus has yet to be announced.
Most of the home games aired on Fox Sports Detroit will be available in High Definition.
This is tremendous news for fans in Michigan. The Tigers are almost complete with their checklist for this winter. They got a middle of the order bat, they avoided arbitration with all of their players, they locked up Jeremy Bonderman long term, they increased their signal strength for radio broadcasts, and they beefed up their TV offerings. Extend Carlos Guillen and the offseason is a rousing success.