FOX Sports Detroit will televise 17 ‘Players Only’ telecasts during the 2019 season.
Hall of Famer Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson, Craig Monroe, Dan Petry and special guests will be a part of all the ‘Players Only’ shows, which debut April 9.
“Fans are going to love listening to this conversation,” said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. “Great baseball minds talking among themselves, about the Tigers, is a cool concept. I know the guys are fired up to share their thoughts and stories. This is going to be must-see TV for every Tigers fan.”
Special guests will join the broadcast through the Video Call Center (VCC).
“With this technology, we can check in with guys from all over the world and we plan to do just that,” said Gibson, who used the VCC during the 2018 Opening Day broadcast from Los Angeles.
The VCC enables broadcasts to leverage the world’s billions of smartphones to enhance their coverage, with two-way video calls from any location, using any device. FOX Sports Detroit will be utilizing these patented technologies and services to bring in acclaimed former players, who will engage in rapid back-and-forth dialogue and even play-by-play commentary, enabled by VCC’s hyper-low-latency-return video feed.
“These broadcasts are going to be a lot of fun,” said Monroe, who played for the Tigers from 2002-07. “We’ll have a chance to share even more analysis and stories from our playing days. Viewers will truly feel like they are watching the game with us and part of our team.”
Detroit Tigers fans continue to receive quality and comprehensive coverage from FOX Sports Detroit, which has earned 145 Michigan Emmys since 2000, including 24 for Tigers programming. Fans can also watch these ‘Players Only’ telecasts streamed live on FOX Sports GO.
VCC did a live remote with former LA Dodger (and Detroit Tiger) sports legend, Kirk Gibson from his smartphone in LA to the truck at Commerica Park in Detroit. Kirk was in LA to throw out the first pitch for the Dodgers, but needed to participate in the pre-game show in Detroit with the Tigers.
FSN experienced good quality video/audio AND a real-time low-latency return video/audio feed from the truck. Kirk did a good natured banter with his peers at the ballpark, and because of the video return, was able to see what they were wearing, and even announced over some b-roll. It was flawless and we think that it may have been a first.