September 15th, 2011
Not even blackout rules are beating the Tigers these days. After a couple days of talks and logistics, Saturday’s game against the A’s will be broadcast on FOX network stations throughout Michigan as well as Toledo beginning at 4pm ET.
The move is basically an end-around to the blackout rules that state FOX can have the only broadcasts going during their national game of the week time slot. Saturday’s Tigers-A’s tilt wasn’t among the regional broadcast, but they basically added it specifically for the Tigers market. Fox Sports Detroit will produce the game, with Mario Impemba and Rod Allen on the call.
“We worked diligently with our colleagues at FOX Sports, Major League Baseball, the Tigers and the FOX stations and affiliates in our area to make this possible,” said FOX Sports Detroit Senior Vice President/General Manager Greg Hammaren in a statement. “We really appreciate FOX Sports stepping to the plate and granting permission to show the game. They understood the significance of our request so Tigers fans can have the opportunity to watch what could be another memorable day in the team’s storied history.”
With the Tigers’ magic number at 2 for clinching the AL Central, there’s a fair chance the Tigers will have wrapped up their first division title since 1987 by Saturday. But if it happens Saturday, Fox Sports Detroit will handle the postgame show with a special version of Tigers Live.