FSD announces Pistons telecast schedule

FOX Sports Detroit will televise an all-time high 80 regular-season games and two preseason contests during its coverage of the 2012-13 Detroit Pistons.

Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 31 with the season opener vs. Houston. The preseason schedule includes an Oct. 10 game against Toronto and Oct. 24 vs. Minnesota at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Among the 80 games produced by FOX Sports Detroit, 13 are slated to air on FOX Sports Detroit Plus.

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.

“With a record 80 regular-season telecasts and our comprehensive pre- and postgame coverage on PISTONS LIVE, our commitment and passion regarding the Pistons is greater than ever,” 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 devoted to providing Pistons fans some of the best coverage throughout the NBA – all in illustrious high-definition.”

Calling the action again this season on FOX Sports Detroit is the popular team of Blaha and Kelser, joined by sideline reporter Ryan Field.

FOX Sports Detroit”s comprehensive coverage includes pregame and postgame editions of PISTONS LIVE. In addition to live reports from The Palace of Auburn Hills and road venues, studio portions of PISTONS LIVE will originate from FOX Sports Detroit”s Call Sam Studio at its Southfield headquarters.

“We are excited to build upon our continued partnership with FOX Sports Detroit and pleased that 82 games will be broadcast locally this season,” said Dennis Mannion, CEO of Palace Sports & Entertainment. “FOX Sports Detroit”s award winning broadcast production will once again deliver the most complete coverage of Pistons basketball both on and off the court.”

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