Fans in Houston aren’t the only ones feeling the pinch of the Astros new RSN and its “unavailability”. With only 48 hours remaining until the Astros season opener, the network is still only accessible to a small number of fans in the region. What makes things especially bad is the fact that MLB blackout rules prohibit fans in four states from watching Astros games — even if we are willing to pay money!
Residents of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas are all affected by the ridiculous territorial blackout rules governed by MLB. The games are available to purchase via mlb.tv and MLB Extra Innings, but not for most of us living in those states. Depression is setting in with the few remaining Astros fans — the hardcores, who are accustomed to watching almost every game. Yes, there are plenty of us out there — and we are feeling ignored. Here’s how some of these fans are expressing themselves on Twitter.
@astroscth Just wish I’d be able to see the games as in past years. But no CSN available.
— Becky King (@bking23) March 28, 2013
@astroscth I’m not. It sucks–especially since I don’t even have the option to get CSN here–but I’ll find a way to manage.
— Steve E. (@KevinBassStache) March 29, 2013
“Now, all of our marketing muscle and initiative is to make the Rangers Texas’ team,” said Jon Heidtke, senior vice president and general manager of Fox Sports Southwest. “It’ll be 150 games, April to the end of the season, all Rangers all the time.”
Obviously the “I want CSN Houston” campaign isn’t working. Earlier this week Mayor Parker made a public plea for both sides to get the deal done. Since then there has been little to no movement.
Postolos confident deal will get done sooner than later, says right now it’s all about pushing cable companies across finish line #Astros
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) March 27, 2013
CSN Houston: “Less and less optimistic” carriage deals done by Opening Day sns.mx/9Qnvy3
— Houston Astros (@AstrosHub) March 29, 2013
Jim Crane keeps using the term “fair market value” in seeking “a good deal for the future of the team”. According to everything I’ve read, there is little to no chance the Astros will bite the bullet and accept a discounted short term deal. That would seem to be the logical solution since Crane “wants the fans to watch the games”.