Half-hour shows will take an in-depth look at Spartan football and menâ€™s basketball.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State Athletics, in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit, will produce new television coaches shows for the 2009-10 season.
"Spartan Football All-Access" will provide fans with an inside look at the Michigan State football program, headlined by extended analysis from head coach Mark Dantonio and former MSU quarterback Jim Miller. The show will also include player profiles and features, as well as the launch of a new "Fans Top 10" segment which will allow viewers to interact with the show.
"Spartan Football All-Access" will debut with a special 2009 Spartan football preview show at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17 on FOX Sports Detroit. The preview show will air throughout the rest of the month of August leading up to the Sept. 5 season opener against Montana State.
Starting on Sunday, Sept. 6 and continuing throughout the season, "Spartan Football All-Access" will debut Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on FOX Sports Detroit. The program will also air weekly on the Big Ten Network.
Following the football season, the content will shift from "Spartan Football All-Access" to "Spartan Basketball All-Access" with head coach Tom Izzo. As with football, the basketball version will provide fans with exclusive coverage and in-depth feature stories on Coach Izzo and members of the 2009-10 team.
In addition, Michigan State will produce seasonal versions of the "Spartan Sports Zone" television show with season previews of each athletic program. The first "Spartan Sports Zone" episode featuring the upcoming fall sports will also debut on FOX Sports Detroit on Monday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
"Spartan Athletics has benefited from a long-standing partnership with FOX Sports Detroit and our updated television format is a result of our collaboration with them," said Paul Schager, Michigan State Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. "We hope that our viewers will enjoy our latest effort to bring them the most complete and comprehensive coverage of Spartan football and basketball. We will also provide viewers with a comprehensive look at each of our 25 sports programs with the Spartan Sports Zone seasonal preview shows plus expanded video content throughout the year on msuspartans.com."
"The resurgence of football under Coach Dantonio and the always prominent basketball program led by Coach Izzo creates tremendous interest among Spartans fans everywhere," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "FOX Sports Detroit is proud to continue its longtime relationship with MSU and takes great pride in spreading the Green and White message across the state and throughout the country."