Tigers TV schedule is out, 150 games on FSD
FOX released its Tigers television schedule across its various networks today, and there’s good and bad news.
The good news: Every game will be shown on TV in one form or another. Fox Sports Detroit is currently scheduled for 150 of them, with five others on Fox Sports 1 (you really should have found this station on your system for Xavier basketball by now) as part of its new Saturday afternoon package, three on FOX as part of its Saturday Game of the Week package, and potentially four more on ESPN Sunday nights.
The bad news: The FOX Saturday blackout is still rearing its ugly head. While the Tigers game in Kansas City on July 12 is scheduled for Fox Sports Detroit, it’ll be on tape delay starting at 10pm ET. The actual game starts at 7:10pm, smack in the middle of the FOX window.
Odd that FOX wouldn’t show a clash between two teams who would well be in the midst of a division race at that point? You bet. The FOX package that night consists of Pirates-Reds, Nationals-Phillies and Angels-Rangers. And having a Saturday afternoon game in KC in mid-July isn’t going to happen if they can at all help it.
Now, MLB.TV has a new workaround to the FOX blackout, but it only involves the FOX regional broadcasts in that window. For instance, while the June 21 Tigers game at Cleveland is scheduled to air on FOX at 7, some in the Midwest might get the Cubs game against the Pirates at the game. Fans stuck with Cubs-Pirates can log on to MLB.TV to watch Tigers-Indians. But since Tigers-Royals on July 12 isn’t scheduled for FOX, fans can’t get around the blackout.
As for the ESPN games, only the May 18 game at Boston is set on the Sunday Night package. The other three games (June 8 vs. Boston, June 22 at Cleveland and July 6 vs. Tampa Bay) are on ESPN’s list of potential games for that week. The actual game chosen will be announced a few weeks ahead of time.