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Published April 30, 2013
PENS RULE THE ROOST: In Pittsburgh, Michael Sanserino reported Root Sports Pittsburgh on Saturday night at 7:37pm ET "switched coverage" from the ninth inning of the Pirates-Cardinals game to the Hurricanes-Penguins. The long-running Pirates game "created a conflict for Root Sports," and some fans were "surprised at the move, considering the Penguins game carried no playoff implications." But Pirates Senior Communications Dir Brian Warecki wrote in an e-mail, "All parties discussed the options, determined the coverage plans given many different game scenarios and agreed to those plans well in advance." McClintock said that the RSN "tried to satisfy its baseball fans by keeping the live score on the screen, showing highlights during stoppages in play in the hockey game and airing extended highlights and a postgame interview at conclusion of the Penguins game." MLB Network "picked up coverage" of Pirates-Cardinals after Root Sports switched to the Penguins game (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/29).