Channel 7's 'SportsCave' moving to Sunday nights

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Justin Rose and Pistons broadcaster Greg Kelser

Channel 7's "SportsCave," a Sunday morning staple for the past four-and-a-half years, is preparing to move to late night.

Detroit's ABC affiliate (WXYZ) will do one more show at 11 a.m., this coming Sunday, then switch to 11:30 p.m. going forward, starting with the July 8 show.

Sunday night sports roundtables have long been popular in Detroit, with Fox 2's "SportsWorks" and Channel 4's "Sports Final Edition."

"I'm excited about the move," said Justin Rose, a two-time local Emmy winner who hosts the guest-driven, interactive show. "We've done some good things on the 'SportsCave' since it began, and we're excited to bring it to a more prime-time slot."

"SportsCave" began in January 2014 as a one-hour show hosted by Brad Galli, but has since slimmed down to a half-hour.

It always features at least one guest and usually two or three, including local sports journalists, and occasionally a prominent figure in the sports community, such as an athlete or a coach. Some of Rose's most-powerful work on the "SportsCave" came Jan. 21, when he hosted a roundtable with five survivors of the Larry Nassar scandal.

The Sunday night show, like the Sunday morning show, is going to air live, and feature a redesigned set. It will keep the theme of a man cave — with memorabilia and the like — but they will snazz it up for the late-night crowd. There also will be additional camera positions for added production value.

There is additional value to airing Sunday night, rather than in the morning. The events of the day and week are over by air time, allowing for a comprehensive review and discussion of what's taken place.

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