SPORTS Thanksgiving week sports viewing guide for Detroit fans

Thanksgiving week sports viewing guide for Detroit fans


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The holiday season has arrived and with the festivities comes the gift of an amazing sports schedule for teams in the Detroit at the college, high school and pro level over the Thanksgiving week. 

From Wednesday through Sunday, there will be action each day for fanatics across the state, and every major sport — outside of baseball, though there could be a free agent signing or two — will be in action to scratch whatever itch you may have. One thing we can say for certain: It will be a busy time at Ford Field.

Detroit Lions host the Buffalo Bills for the Thanksgiving game during at Ford Field in Detroit on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

Here is the complete breakdown of the Thanksgiving-week sports schedule across the state and where you can find the games on television. 


Michigan basketball vs. Memphis, 5 p.m., ESPN2: The Wolverines will be channeling their inner Jimmy Buffet with a cheeseburger … er … tournament game in Paradise (Island) for the holiday. Michigan will kick off the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas with a matchup against Penny Hardaway and Memphis. It is the first game between the schools since they played in another island getaway tournament, the 2011 Maui Invitational. The schools have played three out of their four previous matchups in Hawaii.

BAD LOSS:Michigan basketball upset by Long Beach State, 94-86, at Crisler Center

Michigan Wolverines forward Tray Jackson (2) shoots in the first half against Long Beach State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.

Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit: On one of the biggest bar nights of the year, don’t be surprised if you see double when the two of the Hughes brothers — that’s Jack (who played for the USNTDP in the metro Detroit area) and little bro Luke, formerly of the Wolverines — and the New Jersey Devils come into town. The Red Wings will look to exorcise an opening-night loss against the hellish Eastern Conference foe. If you’ve been searching for a Detroit sports-themed Thanksgiving gift, kick off the holidays with a trip to Little Caesars Arena on Thanksgiving Eve. The Red Wings will give out Zamboni-themed gravy boats to the first 7,500 fans in attendance to start the holiday week in style. 


Detroit Lions fans celebrate the 31-26 comeback win over the Chicago Bears at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023.

MCFLURRIES, CHEESEBURGERS & ROARS:How the Detroit Lions celebrated their 8th win

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers, 12:30 p.m., Fox: All you need is Love, huh? Well, with the Detroit Lions’ new-found luck in full bloom after Sunday’s win over the Bears, the Packers may need more than their new starting QB, Jordan Love, to unseat the new pride of the NFC North. The most common Turkey Day matchup favors the Lions all-time, 12-8-1. Detroit is looking to snap a six-game Thanksgiving losing streak and give Dan Campbell his first taste of victory Turkey.


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