Pittsburgh Pirates Expand Broadcast Partnership with Skyview Networks to include Satellite Distribution to its Radio Network

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Service to include wise satellite receivers that that provide the team the expanded sales opportunity of spot localization

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Skyview has been a valued partner for our inventory management needs, so upgrading to Skyview’s Distribution Service was a natural next step.

Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Pittsburgh Pirates and Skyview Networks announced today the expanded scope of their multi-year partnership. Skyview Networks, an integrated professional sports broadcast service company specializing in play-by-play systems, will now also provide its Satellite Distribution Service to the Pittsburgh Pirates radio network. The service includes wise satellite receivers that give affiliates the broadcast reliability of a back-up streaming audio feed and the team the expanded sales opportunity of spot localization.

“Skyview has been a valued partner for our inventory management needs, so upgrading to Skyview’s Distribution Service was a natural next step,” said Marc Garda, director of broadcasting for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “We are proud to offer Skyview’s distribution platform to our affiliates and we look forward to a successful season ahead.”

Skyview Networks has begun distribution and installation of the wise satellite receivers to the Pittsburgh Pirates radio network of 36 stations. With these receivers spread across the network, the Pittsburgh Pirates command the inventory control to copy split spots by market.

“We have worked closely with the Pirates through our F.A.S.T. Inventory Management system and I am confident the franchise will also enjoy the dependability and flexibility of our satellite distribution platform,” said Matt Stys, Vice President of Business Development for Skyview Networks. “We look forward to taking our partnership to the next level of service.”

The Pittsburgh Pirates radio broadcast hosted by Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Tim Neverett, Bob Walk and John Wehner can be heard on the Pittsburgh Pirates radio network and its flagship station, KDKA-FM 93.7. For more information on the Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 season, visit http://www.pirates.com.

About Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are entering the 126th season as members of the National League. The Pirates won World Series titles in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971 and 1979 while also winning the National League in 1901, 1902, 1903 and 1927. A total of 41 players, managers and executives in the Baseball Hall of Fame spent some of their professional careers with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

About Skyview Networks
Skyview Networks currently provides the broadcast services for over 50 professional and 50 collegiate sports organizations and produces and delivers Arizona and California Headline News. Founded in 1995, Skyview is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and focuses on providing broadcast network solutions to professional and collegiate sports and syndicated radio shows. Skyview’s services include satellite distribution, full network automation, affiliate relations, inventory management systems and advertising solutions for radio, television, print, signage and web. For more information, visit http://www.skyviewnetworks.com.

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