Hmmm...you would think so, as it costs them nothing in carriage costs EXCEPT with mainly the Pittsburgh professional teams. The one that comes to mind is MLB. I heard a similar situation in Baltimore. Another Root channel I think, but don't quote me on that. But IMO, if AT&T now owns it, I'd say chances are much better than before. Kinda like The Weather Channel with Comcast. They own it and make extra revenue by placing it in at least the Digital economy service, and in some areas, even the Starter tier, even though they own it. Really more of an incentive for AT&T to put former Root sports Pittsburgh on.
The only problem I see is that cable charges 5 per month for it and also there's the Penguins. I only carry Net TV for college football season but if I get the Pens then more likely to keep it longer. So Sept til the bowl games are over then a month for Memorial Day to watch TCM to watch war flicks.