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Fox Sports Detroit’s moving on to ‘plan b’ programming

Via Paul, broadcast executives from Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, the CBC and Fox Sports Detroit here in Michigan spoke with the New York Times' Micheline Maynard about the difficulties their respective networks face in attempting to fill their hockey broadcasting voids. Fox Sports Detroit's Greg Hammaren suggests that the Detroit Tigers' successes over the past two seasons have cushioned the blow left by the Red Wings' absence, but the FSD is still being hit hard by the lack of NHL hockey as a revenue-driving force:

“It’s frustrating,” said Greg Hammaren, the senior vice president and general manager of FoxSports Detroit, the television home of the Red Wings.

In Michigan, the average Red Wings game is viewed in more than 100,000 households. Hammaren said about 65,000 of them are in the metropolitan Detroit area, which has earned the nickname Hockeytown.

To fill the vacancies left by canceled games, FoxSports Detroit has shifted telecasts of the Pistons from its high-definition channel to the main FoxSports channel.  It is also planning to run more college hockey games, and it is talking with the Red Wings about showing games played by the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League team owned by the N.H.L. club.

“People want live hockey again,” Hammaren said.

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Slumpy's avatar

Miss Don Cherry’s Coaches Corner badly and HNIC.

FSD has shown one Griffins game I recall this season with Mick and daniels broadcasting but none since I believe, why?

CBC must not have the rights to broadcast CHL games but in the past I’ve watched a few AHL games on their network but only Hamilton or Marlies games of course.

OHL games are entertaining but watching 20 and under all the time gets old quick without grown men NHL play.

 

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 12/08/12 at 06:16 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

The sooner FSD airs Griffins games the sooner the lockout will be over.  Maybe it will make Bettman and the owners aware of the viewers they are losing to the AHL.

I gotta laugh at Bettman’s newest demand of a 10 year CBA.  If this one turns out to be as screwed up as the last one then he’s in deep $hit for 10 years ... baaaahahahaha

I hope the evil troll gets fired for this mess.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 12/08/12 at 10:17 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

To fill the vacancies left by canceled games, FoxSports Detroit has shifted telecasts of the Pistons from its high-definition channel to the main FoxSports channel.

And by the latest count, they’ve picked up exactly four Wings fans because of it. Later investigation showed those four were members of the A2Y 19 who had fallen off the back of the Lockout Stress Train and stumbled onto the Regular Season Pistons Stress Train. Once they got to the next station, all four of them immediately baled.

... it is talking with the Red Wings about showing games played by the Grand Rapids Griffins…

With Nyquist, Smith, Tatar, Sheahan, Lashoff, Mrazek and others, I’d watch every game they put on. It’d be like watching Red Wings Lite. Bring it on. It’s probably the only real hockey we’ll see this year.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/08/12 at 11:32 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Holy crap .. I just checked the Griffins website for stats ... in 9 games played, Mrazek is 7 & 2 with a 2.42 GAA and .912 save%

Not bad for a 20 year old just getting his feet wet at the AHL level.

When it becomes official and the evil troll cancels the rest of the season, I’ll have to pick a weekend that the Griffins have 2 home games and take a little trek across the state to see them play live.

As for the CBC ... yeah I miss Grapes’ weekly raves and I miss the late games from the left coast, but every week we see the same old lame Toronto team almost look good enough to be worth watching.  I cherish the nights they show Montreal or Ottawa instead.

The hole at CBC is getting deeper because their broadcast contract is up in 2014 and word is they won’t have the $$$ to renew.  HNIC could all come to an end after next season. Hopefully they get an extension because of the lockout.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 12/09/12 at 04:03 AM ET

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