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Friday Insider: AT&T SportsNet likely Pirates’ only TV option


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ATT SportsNet's Dan Potash jokes with former Pirates' second baseman Josh Harrison after a game -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates’ local television contract expires at the end of this season and their only option will likely be to re-sign with AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

The Pirates are in a tough negotiating position because the Penguins’ contract with AT&T runs through the 2029 season. It seems next to impossible to think a new television entity would enter a market as small as Pittsburgh and have the Pirates as their primary source of programming with little inventory beyond baseball.

Comcast has regional sports networks around the United States, yet a television insider with knowledge of Comcast’s thinking told that the company is “very unlikely” to start a regional sports network in Pittsburgh.

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