Root Sports Pittsburgh

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Root Sports Pittsburgh, (formerly FSN Pittsburgh) is a regional sports network owned and operated by DirecTV Sports Networks. The channel first aired in the Pittsburgh metro area on April 24, 1986 as KBL with the season opener of the Pittsburgh Pirates and expanded close to it's modern day six state broadcast area on May 9, 1986. It was initially owned by Prime Network. It was a network of Prime SportsChannel America when Prime and SportsChannel America merged. In 1996, News Corporation bought out Prime SportsChannel and changed KBL to Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh.

In 2006, News Corporation transitioned FSN Pittsburgh to Liberty Media, in a stock swap between the two companies of the DirecTV stock.

On May 4, 2009, The DirecTV Group Inc. said it would become a part of Liberty's entertainment unit, part of which would then be spun off as a separate company called DirecTV which would own FSN Pittsburgh.

In December 2010, the name "Root Sports" was chosen for three DirecTV Sports Networks, including FSN Pittsburgh. The rebranding was launched on April 1, 2011 with the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season.

Root Sports is the cable home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins. The network reaches more than 2.4 million viewers and delivers more than 350 live events each year - all of which are also available in high definition

On April 27, 2011, Root Sports Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins reached a 20...
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