SBD/Issue 9/Sports Media

Pitt Panthers Television To Present Over 500 Hours Annually

Pitt Panthers Television Will Air Some
Men's Basketball Games Live

The Univ. of Pittsburgh and Comcast Tuesday announced the launch of Pitt Panthers Television, a "programming service that will present more than 500 hours of Pitt athletics coverage per year," according to Paul Zeise of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The channel will broadcast "live football and men's basketball pre- and postgame shows, women's basketball games and women's volleyball games as well as other Olympic sports and original programming." It also will have rebroadcasts of home football games, "some live broadcasts of men's basketball games as well as football coach Dave Wannstedt's weekly news conference." The first football rebroadcast will air Sunday and feature tonight's Miami-Pittsburgh game. Football and men's basketball games will be available on demand. The channel will be "available with second-tier packages to people in Central and Western Pennsylvania." It will not be available on basic cable packages, but Pitt Associate AD/Marketing & Promotions Chris Ferris said that the "hope is that it will be at some point." Pitt AD Steve Pederson said that the school "will make money off the venture through selling advertisements and generating sponsorships" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/22). Pitt joins the Univ. of Connecticut and Syracuse Univ. as Big East schools "using a similar television network initiative" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 9/22).

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