The Pittsburgh Pirates have found their television home. SportsNet Pittsburgh, formerly AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, will remain home of Pirates’ baseball for all regionally televised games.
The Pirates entered into an agreement to jointly own the network along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will begin at the start of the new year.
“Above all else, this was the right thing to do for our fans,” said Pirates President, Travis Williams. “From the outset of this process, the most important thing to us was to ensure that our fans have the same level of access to Pirates game telecasts and the same high-quality production that they enjoy today. This agreement accomplishes that and more as we enable Pittsburgh sports fans to continue to enjoy a two-team, 24/7 sports channel.”
There was a question as to where Pirates’ game would be broadcast moving forward after AT&T Sportsnet announced they would be ending their broadcast deals with the Pirates and other clubs in February.
With news of the new agreement, it will essentially be business as usual in regards to the set up of the in-game, pregame and postgame workings of the regional sports network. Had the Pittsburgh Pirates chose the alternative of having Major League Baseball handle broadcasting their games, this would not have been the case.
Daily operations of SportsNet Pittsburgh will continue to be managed by New England Sports Network (NESN). Fans will be able to continue watching games seamlessly on their favorite cable, satellite or streaming provider.
“We are thrilled that the Pirates are joining the SportsNet Pittsburgh partnership,” said President & CEO of NESN, Sean McGrail. “Over 150 Pirates games in addition to the Penguins telecasts makes SportsNet Pittsburgh a must-have sports destination for Pittsburgh fans.”
Fret not, Pirates’ fans. You will still be able to watch your team through your cable, satellite or streaming service of choice.