Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced their arena naming rights are shifting from Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena.

PPG and the team say the new deal covers 20 years, although they didn't disclose financial terms. Though, the previous naming rights agreement with Consol was reportedly worth $2 million per year

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The Pittsburgh Penguins turned around a once-disappointing season and fired a coach before winning a fourth Stanley Cup, adversity that seemed to make Wednesday's city-wide celebration that much sweeter.

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The Stanley Cup might pass right under their windows, but for most big Downtown businesses it will be business as usual, with a chance to catch the Penguins championship parade.

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Through the years, Pittsburgh-area sports have seen their fair share of team mascots. Some have been embraced by the city and others haven’t quite cut it. We’re joined now in studio by stand-up comedian and City Paper columnist Mike Wysocki. He’s written a column for the City Paper on the “best, worst and handsiest sports mascots” in Pittsburgh sports history.

Captain Sidney Crosby and company will be bringing another cup home to Pittsburgh — but this year, they had to make a stop first in California to pick it up. The Penguins finished off the Sharks on San Jose's home ice to claim the Stanley Cup in six games.

The championship marks the second for Pittsburgh's formidable tandem of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two likely Hall of Famers who last won a Cup together precisely seven years ago, in 2009. It is the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Pittsburgh Penguins Bring Home 4th Stanley Cup

Jun 12, 2016
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A turnaround season for the Pittsburgh Penguins ended with Sidney Crosby once again holding the Stanley Cup.

Muhammad Ali Remembered As Gracious, Intelligent And Humble

Jun 10, 2016
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The funeral for boxing legend Muhammed Ali is being held today in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to talk about his memories of  Ali whom he met and interviewed in 1970. He'll also address what the Penguins need to do to clinch the cup this weekend.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are one game from clinching the Stanley Cup. And though city officials haven’t planned a victory parade, they are preparing for a potential win.

“Public works has been out there (Wednesday and Thursday) removing sofas and upholstery furniture, such as sofas and chairs, mainly in the open area,” said Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa.

A Pittsburgh city ordinance allows public works officials to remove some kinds of furniture from people’s porches and yards, so that they aren’t used in certain types of celebration.

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The Penguins are back in Pittsburgh tonight for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks.

Penguins' First Goalie Remembers Early Days Of The Franchise

Jun 7, 2016
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What was it like to be a professional hockey goalie in the 1960s and 70s, facing 100 mile an hour slap shots without a mask, losing most of your teeth and enduring hundreds of stitches? We’ll ask former Penguins goalie Les Binkley, who debuted with Pittsburgh's NHL franchise in 1967.

Pens' Continued Success Propels Pittsburgh's Economy

Jun 2, 2016
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After seven years, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in franchise history. While the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Final appearance can benefit players, coaches and the league economically, local businesses also have a chance to prosper. 

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The Stanley Cup chase has prompted a little friendly fire between Steel City and San José institutions.

Game 6 'Ultimate Test' In Pens' Quest For Stanley Cup

May 23, 2016
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For a Pittsburgh sports fan, the Monday afternoon blues are all too familiar following a Steelers loss on a Sunday.  Today’s Monday blues are brought to you by the blue and white, or rather, the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose quick overtime rally them to defeat the Penguins 4-3 to lead the series 3-2 Sunday night. 

Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus, joined Essential Pittsburgh to discuss this playoff series and the Penguins’ chances of a Cup run. 

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It takes a little over 15 hours to drive from Pittsburgh to Tampa but it takes less than 15 minutes for two cities to engage in a Pens-vs-Lightning, bridge-boasting, our-city-is-better-than-yours Twitter battle.

Here’s how it all began:

Pittsburgh was quick to respond, already anticipating the upcoming exchange:

    

@CityPGH corrected @CityofTampa's false presumption that was cold in the 412:

Then the bridge banter began:

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Nearly six years after CONSOL Energy Center's completion, officials say it still doesn't have the public art that was promised along with the building. 

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Pittsburgh has been referred to as “the city of champions” by many, but a new index by Pittsburgh Today places the city’s professional sports scene behind Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Doug Heuck, director of Pittsburgh Today, which measured Pittsburgh against 15 “benchmark" U.S. cities, said the Steel City came in fourth in their recent Pittsburgh Sports Town Index.

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U.S. Steel has decided against building a new headquarters on the site of the former Civic Arena.

“This decision has been shared with employees by President and CEO Mario Longhi. U.S. Steel will remain in the U.S. Steel Tower through the term of its lease,” spokeswoman Sarah Cassalla said in a statement. The lease expires in 2017.

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  Developers of the former Civic Arena site in the Hill District are looking for feedback from the community.

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Much needed improvements to the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown will soon be underway, thanks to the town’s recently acquired title of Kraft Hockeyville USA.

Johnstown knocked out Decatur, Ill., in the final round in May to win the contest’s inaugural title. The prize includes the opportunity to host an NHL preseason hockey game at the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, as well as $150,000 in rink updates.

The city’s tourism agency, VisitPittsburgh, has proposed creating a non-profit organization tasked with attracting major sporting events to the area.

Executive Vice President Jason Fulvi said the city needs an organization dedicated solely to sports promotion.

“We had over a million overnight visits last year in Allegheny County and all of that brings money and revenue into the community," he said. "It helps to support not only our hotels, but restaurants, bars (and) attractions.”

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Mayor Peduto's office and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board have declared the summer of 2015 as one where the youth of Pittsburgh should prepare to "Learn and Earn" through an increased dedication to placing them in meaningful summer jobs. Stefani Pashman, Chief Executive Officer at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board and Barbara Parees, Deputy County Manager for Allegheny County join us to outline the joint plan for a productive summer. 

Also in the program, Steve Inskeep chronicles the life of Andrew Jackson in his new book and Bob Dvorchak tries to connect the dots of a potential Penguins ownership shakeup.

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Redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s lower Hill District is one step closer to becoming a reality, with City Council on Wednesday giving preliminary approval to a bill designating the area as a Specially Planned District or SPD.

“It took a while to get here … and now we’ve got to actually begin building,” said Councilman Daniel Lavelle, who represents the Hill District.

Plans for the Civic Arena Site Taking Shape

Jan 22, 2015
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Negotiations between the city, the Penguins and the Hill District Community Development Corporation have resulted in plans to move forward with the development of the former Civic Arena Site. We’ll discover what could be next for the site with Hill District CDC President and CEO Marimba Milliones.

The National Hockey League is not the only place mumps are being  found in Western Pennsylvania and public health officials say they are ready to react.

The Sharpsville Area School District in Mercer County canceled classes and sporting events Monday due to a possible mumps infection, according to the district’s website. At least one individual is suspected of carrying the mumps virus and schools are expected to reopen Tuesday unless otherwise announced.

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United States Steel Corp. CEO Mario Longhi said he took Monday’s sunshine as a good omen for his company’s new headquarters on the site of the old Civic Arena.

Longhi joined Penguins CEO David Morehouse, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to make the announcement at Consol Energy Center on Monday.

Longhi said the five-story, 268,000 square foot building will serve as the cornerstone of revitalization of both US Steel and the surrounding Hill District community.

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City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, who represents much of the Hill District, wants to make that the history of the area does not repeat itself.

In the mid-1950s, redevelopment of the Hill District and construction of the Civic Arena displaced 8,000 residents, most of whom were black and more than a third of whom ended up in public housing.

Now, that same area is slated for redevelopment by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Plans include housing, mixed-use retail, a hotel and an outdoor plaza.

The Pittsburgh Penguins say they should be able to begin developing the 28 acres that once held the Civic Arena in the next six to nine months thanks to a deal that city leaders believe will positively impact the entire Hill District and Uptown.

Fall Travel -- with a “Sports” Theme

Sep 4, 2014
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Summer may be winding down, but with autumn comes plenty of fun for Pittsburgh sports fans. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers up some travel ideas for the fall with a distinctly “sports” theme.

Whether it’s a college football game, a little pre-season hockey, or taking a one-tank trip to follow the Pirates, she talks about travel destinations that are sure to please sports fans and their families.

Check out some of the highlights she suggests:

As Deadline Looms, an Update on Civic Arena Site Development

Aug 7, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Penguins won the rights to develop the 28-acre site of the now demolished Civic Arena in the 2007 deal to build the CONSOL Energy Center.

Under that agreement, the team was to draw down the first parcel by Oct. 31 or possibly lose the development rights. The Penguins are asking the city and county to push that deadline back a year.

Opposing this request is Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, who represents the Hill District. Lavelle said the Penguins and Hill District leaders are still at odds over minority participation in the project. Another point of contention is the amount of affordable housing to be built on the site. Lavelle, however, does not believe delaying the deadline shows promise for both organizations.

“Unfortunately, this site sits in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in this entire country," he said. "This should be an opportunity to sort of rectify that and lift these individuals out of poverty, with the contracting and business opportunities that will exist on that site.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero on Friday while the status of coach Dan Bylsma will be evaluated.

Team co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said it was time to take the franchise in a new direction after the team's latest playoff flameout. The Penguins lost to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals this week.

Assistant general manager Jason Botterill will serve as general manager on an interim basis while the team searches for Shero's replacement.

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