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Pitt Panthers Television to debut in time for Miami game

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

Fans of Pitt athletics will have about 500 more hours each year to watch their favorite school.

Pitt and The Comcast Network are launching Pitt Panthers Television, a programming service that will annually present more than 500 additional hours of Pitt athletics coverage.

"We are going to be able to do some things we've never been able to do before," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said.

Pitt Panthers Television debuted this week and will feature pre-game and post-game coverage of the Miami-Pitt football game on Sept. 23 at Heinz Field.

The Pitt athletic coverage will include live broadcasts of men's basketball games and football coach Dave Wannstedt's weekly press conferences, as well as women's basketball games, women's volleyball, baseball, softball and wrestling.

There will be rebroadcasts of football and men's basketball games, and they will be available from On Demand. Thursday's game with Miami will be rebroadcast on Sunday using the PantherVision production and Pitt's radio call.

Any men's basketball games that aren't picked up by other stations (ESPN, CBS, FSN, etc.) will be aired on Pitt television.

The Pitt network will be available to Comcast digital customers living in Western Pennsylvania and parts of Central Pennsylvania on either Comcast Network channel 188 or 210.

The broadcasts will include eight consecutive hours every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pitt joins Connecticut and Syracuse as Big East schools using a similar television network initiative. Pederson said the venture will make money for Pitt through ads and sponsorships.

"Things like a (Big East) network or anything you might want to launch are a number of years away," Pederson said. "We're going to go ahead and push forward as an institution with everything that we can find to put on the air for our fans and then evaluate any of those other opportunities that come up in the future."



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