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I recently watched the broadcast of the first ever game at Comerica Park and was floored when ex-Detroit Tigers announcer, Josh Lewin, said “the next Tigers’ telecast will be next Tuesday at…” It’s hard to remember there was a time–and not too long ago–when not every Tigers’ game was broadcast on TV.
The last few years 161 games had been broadcast with the one telecast being forced out because of conflicts with Detroit Red Wings and Pistons games on Fox Sports Detroit and Fox Sports Plus. For the first time ever, the Tigers will broadcast all 162 regular season games.
Most of the 2014 games, 150, will be called by Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, entering their 13th and 12th year respectively of calling games on Fox Sports Detroit. Five other games will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, three on Fox Saturday Game of the Week, and four games will be on ESPN.
For those of us (including yours truly), who fork over $130 for MLB.TV or Extra Innings and want to watch the Tigers on a Saturday in which they are on Fox Sports regional coverage, but get a Rays or Braves game and can’t watch the Tigers–relief is at hand.
"MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv subscribers will now be able to watch most out-of-market Saturday FOX games, though there are still a few restrictions based on local broadcasting rights. In the past you were stuck with whatever game was showing on television, so this is a very welcome change. Very good news for you out of town fans."
So indeed a welcome change.