No access to Friday's Pirates playoff game for some cable customers
By Karl Polacek
Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 6:48 p.m.
Some Fay-West area baseball fans who want to watch Friday's 1 p.m. playoff game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals may find it difficult to find access.
And that isn't making them very happy.
Some customers of Armstrong Cable are among those who will have to find another location to watch the playoff game.
According to Dave Wittmann, vice president of cable marketing for Armstrong Cable, his company has been unable to buy broadcast rights for the game.
“Most households (in the area) are not going to be able to get it,” said Wittmann. “It's disappointing to us.”
Armstrong Cable does not carry the MLB Network, which is owned by Major League Baseball. Availability in the Pittsburgh area will be no more than about 50 percent, he said.
“Obviously, the MLB Network is owned by Major League Baseball,” he said. “They gave the rights to two games: one game tomorrow (Pirates and Cardinals) and one game Monday, probably the American League.
“Obviously, we are interested in the Pirates,” he said. “We do not carry (the MLN Network) at present. We tried to find a way to get the game on. We continue to talk to them about carrying the network in the future.”
Atlantic Broadband, which services other areas in Fayette County, also will not be able to carry the game.
Some Comcast customers who have the add-on tier to the digital starter package will be able to get the game.
Whether the local sports bars are able to have the game for their customers will depend on their cable company.
Bud Murphy's in Connellsville, an Armstrong Cable customer, will be unable to have the game for customers on Friday, said a representative there.
Lynn's Pub and Grill in South Connellsville, Leo's Pub and Grille in Mt. Pleasant and Carson's in Scottdale, all Armstrong Cable customers, won't be able to tune into the game on Friday, according to representatives from the three locations.
John Malone of Connellsville, an avid Pirates fan and an Armstrong Cable customer, said he has tried for years to get the cable service to carry the MLB channel.
“I told them I'll pay extra,” he said.
Malone will travel to watch his beloved Pirates. He intends to go to Dino's in Greensburg to watch the game. And yes, Dino's, a Comcast customer, will be able to provide the viewing, according to a representative at the Greensburg business.
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-626-3538.
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