Pitt’s game against NC State on Saturday will be televised on ACC Network, the fourth straight game to start the 2020 season that has had the Panthers broadcast on the conference’s ESPN-run linear network.
When they visit Boston College on Oct. 10, it’ll make five straight games on ACC Network.
For the Panthers’ brand and for the success of the network, that’s probably a good things. For Pitt fans that are customers of Armstrong or Comcast cable, it’s another frustrating week of being unable to see their team play.
Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke addressed the issue during an interview with 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday, but didn’t offer a lot of hope that a deal may be worked out with either provider any time soon.
“We are obviously hoping that Comcast/Xfinity and Armstrong and some other cable carriers certainly pick up the ACC Network,” Lyke said. “I think that there’s tremendous value, exposure and demand by the people in the ACC footprint and people who follow ACC schools and certainly Pitt. It’s a matter of time. I certainly hope the Comcast people are listening. There’s demand and we can’t do anything about it other than really request people call their cable company or change, frankly.”
When the ACC Network was launched in 2019, Lyke was aggressive about telling people to call their cable provider and to demand that they pick up the ACC Network. Over a year into the venture, the messaging has changed slightly. Lyke is now telling Pitt fans that want to see the games to change to a television provider that carries ACC Network, like DirecTV, Hulu, Verizon Fios or Youtube TV.
“There’s lots of options,” she said. “I was talking to one donor couple this weekend and they’re an older couple and they said ‘Heather, we got Hulu. We figured it out.’ There’s ways to get it if you’re stuck with Comcast wherever you’re living. I would change if I were you.”