Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Revolution Just Might Be Televised

So after all that, Judge Isgur gave the order to allow the Astros to be the lead negotiator with third parties on a new business plan for the Houston Regional Sports Network (the Astros/Rockets/Comcast "partnership" - a partnership that is a partnership like arranged marriages are a partnership).

David Barron:
It names the Astros as lead negotiator with authority to “investigate and negotiate the terms of carriage agreements, broadcast agreements, management agreements, lease agreements, equipment agreements, purchase and sale agreements and debt and equity investments and other matters pertaining to the formulation of a business plan.”

Jim Crane:
We’re very excited about trying to get something done here for the Astros, the Rockets, the fans and the city. We think there is demand. … We’re not looking for the best deal in the universe, just a fair deal that is good for the teams.

So Crane and the Astros can negotiate all over again with Fox, DirecTV, AT&T, etc, and there will be a status update hearing on November 13. So, no, you probably won't be able to watch the Rockets anytime soon, but you will likely be able to see the Astros in time for 2014.