WXYZ, the official TV partner of the Detroit Lions, presents a full season of coverage

Posted Jul 24, 2013

WXYZ-TV to air all of the Lions' four preseason games

WXYZ-TV is teaming up with the Detroit Lions to bring you all the action, with exclusive coverage of all four preseason games and weekly Ford Lions Report LIVE shows, plus weekly interviews with Coach Schwartz and the Lions key players.  The players ... the plan ... your first preview ... all on Channel 7.

The season kicks off with a special edition of Ford Lions Report LIVE: Training Camp Update, on Wednesday, July 24th from 7-7:30 p.m.  Lions fans will get a sideline seat for all the action, and hear from Coach Schwartz on his strategy for a winning 2013 season.

WXYZ will produce and broadcast all four Detroit Lions preseason games, including Lions Tailgate, a special half-hour pregame show before every game.  The shows will feature interviews with key coaches and players along with an analysis of the opposing team.  

NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard and NFL analyst Rob Rubick will anchor preseason coverage, with sideline reporting from 7 Action News Sports Director Tom Leyden.  Here’s the schedule:

      Friday, August 9th, 7:00 p.m. pregame, 7:30 p.m., Detroit vs. New York Jets (home)
      Thursday, August 15th, 7:00 p.m. pregame, 7:30 p.m., Detroit at Cleveland Browns
      Thursday, August 22nd, 7:00 p.m. pregame, 7:30 p.m., Detroit vs. New England Patriots (home)
      Thursday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m. pregame, 7:00 p.m., Detroit at Buffalo Bills

Then, every Sunday during the regular season from 11 a.m. - noon, Lions fans will get inside all the gridiron action on Ford Lions Report LIVE, the official pregame show of the Detroit Lions.  The show will include exclusive interviews, insider game strategy, and special features that put you right on the line of scrimmage as the ball is snapped.  The program is hosted by Tom Leyden, Rob Rubick, and former NFL great Herman Moore.  Fans across Michigan can watch the show on a state-wide television network.

Every Monday on 7 Action News at 7:00 p.m., fans will get the latest Lions’ info, straight from the coach, on Schwartz Sez, Tom Leyden’s in-depth interview with Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

Then, every Thursday on 7 Action News at 7:00 p.m., Tom Leyden will take fans Inside the Huddle to deliver unique, on-the-field insight from key Lions players.

WXYZ will be THE place for all the action when the Detroit Lions take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens on a must-see Monday Night Football game on December 16th.  Pregame coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. with kick off at 8:40 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to kicking off a great 2013 season and collaborating with WXYZ on programming for our shared audience,” said Detroit Lions Team President, Tom Lewand. “Having a strong connection with our fans remains a priority and this partnership is an opportunity to extend that engagement.”

Throughout the season, Lions fans can stay connected on  The site will include a dedicated “Lions Locker Room” page that will feature the latest on the team, including Detroit Lions promotions and ticket giveaways.

“We’re excited to partner with the great team at the Lions organization to provide the extensive coverage Detroit area fans crave - from preseason to playoffs,” said Ed Fernandez, E.W. Scripps Divisional GM and vice-president and general manager of WXYZ.

WXYZ is ready for some Lions football...are you? Join WXYZ-TV Channel 7, the Official TV Partner of the Detroit Lions for an action-packed season.