from Evan Petzold at the Detroit Free Press,
Freelancers at Fox Sports Detroit are searching for answers.
Almost every FSD employee working home games for the Detroit Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers is a freelancer — stage managers, camera operators, audio technicians, editors, among others.
Those are the people Michael Abdella, an EVS operator at Fox Sports for 14 years, is fighting for. With the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the coronavirus pandemic, his self-described family members within the Sinclair Broadcast Group freelance industry are out of jobs.
There are more than 100 freelancers who work for FSD — 35 to 40 are needed to produce each game — and right now, they have no source of income, or any information coming from the corporate office.
“This feels like there’s no coming back from,” said Abdella, who specializes in instant replay. “That is the real punch in the gut for a lot of us. You preach teamwork, have meetings, send information out, then when the times get the hardest, you’re radio silent. That is devastating to us.”