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SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media
FS Detroit Says It Should Have Shown Tigers' Dugout Skirmish
Published August 17, 2010
|FS Detroit Did Not Show Footage From
Dugout Incident During Sunday's Game
FS Detroit Exec Producer John Tuohey said that it “was a mistake” that the net did not air footage of a dugout skirmish between Tigers P Armando Galarraga and C Alex Avila during Sunday's Tigers-White Sox game, according to Tony Paul of the DETROIT NEWS. Tuohey: “There’s no desire to hide it or make people think it didn’t exist. We just, quite frankly, in the moment weren’t quite sure what to say about it.” Tuohey made it clear that the Tigers “had nothing to do with the final decision, nor did they even get involved in the decision.” He said that it “wasn’t a matter of trying to keep some ugliness away from Tigers fans.” Tuohey: “The only thing we try to veer the cameras away from would be a fan running on the field. … A confrontation in the dugout is part of the game.” Paul notes announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen were “aware of the altercation,” yet “nothing at all was shown or said about it during the telecast.” Impemba indicated that during a commercial break, the booth “was shown the argument between Avila and Galarraga, but didn’t see it escalate to the point" where C Gerald Laird got involved and Galarraga “looked like he was going to take a swing at Laird.” FS Detroit was “planning to cover the incident in full Monday night, in the pregame show and during” the game against the Yankees (DETROIT NEWS, 8/17). FSN Northwest last month also did not air footage of a dugout incident between 2B Chone Figgins and former manager Don Wakamatsu, though announcer Dave Sims did discuss the skirmish on air during the broadcast (THE DAILY).