Pirates, FSN reach long-term agreement
Network will broadcast at least 150 games; all in HD
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates and Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh announced a new long-term agreement on Wednesday that guarantees that at least 150 Pirates games will be televised each season. FSN Pittsburgh remains the exclusive rights-holder for Pirates regional telecasts.
The minimum 150 regular-season games that will be televised on FSN Pittsburgh in 2010 marks an all-time high by the station, which has been televising the Pirates since 1986. All telecasts will be shown in high definition.
"FSN has been a valued partner of the Pirates for more than 25 years, and we are excited to continue to build upon that outstanding partnership," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a release. "FSN's increased commitment to bring a record number of Pirates games to our fans -- all in high definition -- speaks to the strength of that partnership and FSN's commitment to the great Pirate fans throughout our home territory. We are extremely excited to be able to provide Pirate fans with nearly every regular season game, more Spring Training games and year-round programming focused on the club, its players and the many events that we have in the community."
FSN Pittsburgh plans to provide additional Pirates programming throughout the year as well. The "Inside Pirates Baseball" segment will continue to be a fixture, as well as the live pregame and postgame shows. Planned offseason programming includes a monthly Hot Stove show and coverage of Pirates Caravan and PirateFest. Four Spring Training games will also be on the yearly schedule.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.