Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Astros get $45 million a year from FSH

Yesterday the big news was that the Rangers and Fox Sports Southwest had agreed to a 20-year deal worth an estimated $1.6 billion, beginning in 2015. That's around $80 million a year.

For comparison, the Astros receive about $45 million/year. But David Barron tells us what it means for Houston:

Fox’s willingness to commit to a new deal with the Rangers was interpreted Monday as an indication that it is moving on from what appears to be a futile attempt to keep the Rockets and Astros past 2012. Major League Baseball’s rules governing broadcasting territories will allow FS Southwest to continue airing Rangers games in Houston, even if the Astros and Rockets go elsewhere.

"Elsewhere" meaning "Comcast."

“Hopefully in a week or so we will have it to a conclusion. Some things remain to be done. It’s a long, complex deal that we’re working on in conjunction with the Rockets. When you put two organizations together and work with a network, it takes time.”

McLane wouldn't comment on any sort of details. But stay tuned! Nothing makes the off-season fly by like media news!


Kathy Amen said...

I wonder what this will mean to those of us in the hinterlands like San Antonio. Will we have to just watch the Rangers? Who don't even play real baseball?

The Constable. said...

I would think seriously about MLB.tv if I were you. Though I'm moderately sure Drayton wouldn't sign a contract that significantly limited the Astros' market share in Texas.