The controversy surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates' local TV deal is a strange one. The Pirates are considered a small market team, or low revenue if you prefer. Their TV deal has been reported to be one of the lowest in the game, in a time where teams are signing huge TV contracts right and left. The Pirates signed their extension -- running through 2020 -- just before the TV market exploded. Call it bad timing, bad luck, or maybe go a step further and say that they should have somehow known the way the industry was trending. Either way, the reaction to the small deal has been negative.

Over the weekend, Frank Coonelly said that the deal wasn't as low as it has been reported. This is something I've heard him say in the past, but without hard numbers it's not something I'd cite as a cou...

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