Detroit Pistons announce TV and radio schedules

From a team release:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced their 2010-11 local television schedule today with 80 of the team’s regular-season games being televised by FOX Sports Detroit.  Including one ESPN broadcast as part of the NBA’s national television schedule, 81 of the club’s 82 regular-season games will be available on television.  All Pistons games will be available on either 97.1 FM The Ticket or WWJ 950 AM.

FOX Sports Detroit, beginning its 14th season of broadcasting Pistons games, is the exclusive local television provider for Pistons Basketball. The network will televise an all-time high 80 regular-season games, and two preseason contests including the premier of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together for the first time in Miami HEAT uniforms on October 5 at Miami. Most, if not all, Pistons games this season on FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus are expected to be televised in high-definition.

“We are extremely excited to have 82 games available to our fans throughout the State and Northwest Ohio,” said Pete Skorich, Executive Vice President of Broadcasting and Brand Marketing for the Pistons. “Our award winning game coverage along with PISTONS LIVE pregame and postgame programming gives our fans insider access. Also, our new episodes of The Pistons Weekly and Pistons In-Focus will deliver entertaining features on our players, our franchise and our history.”

Highlights of the regular-season broadcast schedule include two games pairing Detroit against Kobe Bryant and the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers (November 17 and January 4), four games with 2010 NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami HEAT (December 1, January 28, February 11 and March 23), four meetings with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Shaquille O’Neal and the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics (November 2, December 29, January 19 and April 3) and three games featuring Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic (November 30, December 3 and January 24). FSD will also air two games featuring Chauncey Billups and the Denver Nuggets (January 26 and March 12) and three games featuring Eastern Conference rival Chicago Bulls and newly acquired Carlos Boozer (December 26, January 10 and April 1).

“Our commitment and enthusiasm regarding the Pistons is greater than ever with a record 80 regular-season telecasts and our comprehensive pre- and postgame coverage on PISTONS LIVE,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit.  “Led by a pair of Michigan Sports Hall of Famers in George Blaha and Greg Kelser, our announcers, reporters and production team are committed to providing Pistons fans some of the best coverage throughout the NBA – all in glorious high-definition.”

Twenty Pistons games will air on FOX Sports Detroit Plus, occurring on nights when coinciding Detroit Red Wings games are slated for FOX Sports Detroit.  FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus channel numbers by video provider can be found at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.

Calling the action again this season on FOX Sports Detroit is the popular longtime duo of George Blaha and Greg Kelser, joined by sideline reporters Eli Zaret and Ryan Field.

Accompanying the telecasts is PISTONS LIVE, providing exclusive and extensive pre- and post-game coverage originating from the arena and the network’s high-definition studio. Pistons In Focus, will continue to be part of the game night programming while the popular Pistons Weekly program will premiere each week on FOX Sports Detroit Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

FOX Sports Detroit’s coverage of the Pistons is available to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio.  FOX Sports Detroit programming is simulcast on FOX Sports Detroit HD, now available 24/7 via cable and satellite providers. Many providers are adding FOX Sports Detroit Plus HD this season.

The Pistons also announced their radio broadcast schedule which includes 34 regular season games on the Pistons’ flagship station 97.1 FM The Ticket and 48 games carried on WWJ 950 AM. All radio broadcasts will include exclusive pre- and postgame coverage.  Additionally, 97.1 FM The Ticket will air special weekly interviews with coaches and players and expanded Pistons coverage throughout each week of the NBA season on-air and online at www.971theticket.com.

Mark Champion will remain as the voice of Pistons radio broadcasts with Pistons legend Rick Mahorn adding color commentary for home contests.

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