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PIRATES GET BOOST AS FOX SPORTS EXTENDS TV DEAL THROUGH 2000
Published January 9, 1997
The Pirates and Fox Sports Pittsburgh signed a multi- year extension of their TV deal. Fox Sports Pittsburgh will now produce and distribute games on local broadcast TV along with showing the team exclusively on cable (Fox Sports Pittsburgh). In Pittsburgh, Chuck Finder wrote, "with 85 televised games and roughly $3.8 million in pocket this season, the Pirates' benefits seem obvious." That "constitutes an increase" of nearly 10 games and $1M from last season. The contract extension, which runs through 2000, will see the number of games increase to 100, and the rights fee increase roughly to $4.5M, by 2000. On the cable/broadcast split, 70 games "minimum" will be on Fox Sports Pittsburgh, with 15 on an over-the-air station to be announced. Fox Sports Pittsburgh will also do a "minimum" of 21 homes games (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/8).