- April 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm #174030
With the Pistons and Red Wings are set to move to their new Little Caesars arena next season, all eyes on new television deal. With a new regional sports cable channel could be coming soon, CW 50 could be in the talks that would bringing back 2 major Detroit Sports teams by the 2017-18 season. If they approved, CW 50 would launch a new weekly sports program as well as the Live-action sports programming involving 2 teams. CW 50 would launch the new Friday Night Pistons Basketball as well as the new Saturday Night Red Wings Hockey. The station would also air some Red Wings games on any Friday night when the Pistons are off and some Pistons games on any Saturday nights when the Wings are played in the afternoon or off. The station could also cut their paid programming from 5 hours to 2 hours for a Live-action sports program that might be aiming for every fans.
If you like to have channel 50 to bringing back 2 major sports teams, send some news and videos on your post.April 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm #174123
Might these games be simulcast with a regional sports network, which would make the games available to outer parts of Michigan on a regional cable sports network and in the Detroit area both on WKBD-50 and that regional sports network??
I suspect this would mean WKBD might air 25 regular-season games a year of each team.April 23, 2017 at 4:47 pm #174125
The last time the Red Wings were left WKBD was in 2003, the Pistons a year later when they won they 3rd NBA title, and the Tigers the same year. If all 3 Detroit teams are planning on leaving Fox Sports Detroit this year (the contract is up next year), they could form a new regional sports cable network that could most likely to lanuch this fall just in time for the new Little Caesars Arena opens. That mean both the Pistons and Wings could move that new channel and the Tigers starting next season.April 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm #174128
You want those pro teams to drop Fox Sports Detroit and show all their games on so-called “Free TV”. That business model is dead.
Sports has migrated to cable/satellite/streaming. No local team, college conference, or professional league is willingly going to give up the money that flows in through the likes of ESPN and Fox Sports. And anyone who wants to “Put Sports Back On Channel 50!” is living in a time warp.
Want the Detroit teams to give up Fox Sports and start their own TV channel? Read up on the Los Angeles Dodgers and the trouble they’ve had getting carriage for their own channel.April 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm #174153
How about this scenario??
The cable rightsholders simulcast Friday-night Pistons games and Saturday Red Wings games on a local Detroit TV station, pay the station for the airtime, and run promotion spots that run like this: “Want To See The (Red Wings/Pistons) More Than One Nigh A Week? Watch (name of regional cable sports network)!”.
They could also sell spots on the simulcast games for a higher rate since more viewers would be able to watch those games.
They might also be even able to promote other cable programming.April 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm #174157
Fox Sports Detroit has one year left on their contract with 3 teams. All of them need to leave FSD and move to a new regional sports network.April 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm #174159April 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm #174160
How about this scenario?? The cable rightsholders simulcast Friday-night Pistons games and Saturday Red Wings games on a local Detroit TV station, pay the station for the airtime, and run promotion spots that run like this: “Want To See The (Red Wings/Pistons) More Than One Night A Week? Watch (name of regional cable sports network)!”. They could also sell spots on the simulcast games for a higher rate since more viewers would be able to watch those games. They might also be even able to promote other cable programming.The name of the new regional sports cable network could be “LCA Sports and Entertainment Network”.
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