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Pitt, Duquesne at Impasse in 2019 City Game Negotiations



The City Game between Pitt and Duquesne was first played in 1932 and has been played every season since 1965.

But that streak is now in jeopardy.

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Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that there is no contract for the game in the 2019-20 season and negotiations toward reaching one have reached an impasse. While there is time for things to change, no deal has been reached as of yet and there are serious doubts that the game will be played.

Sources have told PSN that the issue is coming from the Pitt side and has to do with other games that they plan on playing.

Pitt will play 20 ACC games instead of 18 for the first time in 2019-20 and will open its regular season with Florida State at home on Nov. 6, 2019.

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Despite Pitt dominating the series of late, winning nine of the last 10, this is a game that’s beneficial to the area and meaningful to the basketball fans in Pittsburgh. Last season’s game drew 12,246 to PPG Paints Arena, which has been the home of the game since 2010.

Before that, it was played in alternating campus venues from 2002 to 2008 and Civic Arena from 1990 to 2001 and 2009. The City Game has been played 87 times. Pitt leads the series, 55-32.

Duquesne will most likely be playing most of its home games in 2019-20 at PPG Paints Arena, while construction occurs on the Dukes’ new, on-campus home, UPMC Chuck Cooper Fieldhouse. The Dukes have often used PPG Paints Arena and its predecessor as a secondary venue.

Neither athletic department responded when asked for comment for this story.

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Eric Payne
Eric Payne
5 years ago

Because this game is still important for college basketball in the city, both Pitt and the ACC should do everything possible to make sure that this game is played. You can guarantee that Duke and North Carolina wouldn’t be cancelled.

Eric Payne
Eric Payne
5 years ago

You misunderstood my comment. Because this year marks the beginning of the ACC network, in order to produce a good product,the league insisted on a 20 game schedule. They also insisted on starting league games sooner. This is probably,putting more pressure on Pitt to find room to schedule Duquesne in addition to their scheduling problems. The ACC should be working with Pitt so that this game can be played. Now see the comment in above statement.


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