Superman is Here to Save Astro Fans

As an “in market” Astros’ fan that has no television provider options to watch my team, I am beyond frustrated. We are now half-way into the MLB season and still no deal has been made between Comcast SportsNet Houston and the major T.V. providers. Houston Rockets fans had to endure an entire season of not being able to watch their team, and the Rockets had a successful season that ended in the playoffs. I have never liked basketball. In fact, I hate basketball and would rather watch three hours of Fran Drescher singing Opera than have to watch a quarter of a basketball game. That being said, Friday I became a huge Rockets fan!

Last night, NBA All-Star Dwight Howard tweeted that he was going to become a member of the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are coming off of a 2012-2013 campaign where they ended 45-37, which was good enough for third in their division and a trip to the playoffs. When you add Dwight Howard to that, and potentially another big-named free agent, the Rockets should be a force in the Western Conference for the 2013-2014 season. How does that affect the Astros you ask? Well, let me tell you what I think.

While the Rockets were a good team last season, adding some serious star power could really push them to the next level. The Rockets are having to compete for fans with two other Texas NBA teams, an Oklahoma team and those other star-studded teams across the nation that naturally grab the attention of the bandwagon fans. Adding Howard into the mix could take the Rockets from a regional power to a national power. These types of moves are what gets all of the airtime on ESPN, and because of that more people are interested in how the team will play during the season. In other words, CSN Houston now has a product it can sell!

Prior to Friday, CSN had very little leverage in any T.V. deals. They were going into negotiations with the second or third best NBA product in the state and the worst baseball team in the MLB. The Astros are currently 28th in the MLB in attendance, averaging 18,271. They have the worst record in baseball with zero nationally recognizable names. They also have an owner that recently told The Houston Chronicle that CSN Houston was facing “tough decisions” due to dwindling funds. CSN, the Astros and the Rockets were looking desperate in their negotiations, and that is no way to get anywhere close to what you want. Now that the Rockets will have Howard and James Harden, CSN Houston has something that people will care about.

I’m not saying that with Dwight Howard in Houston, Dish Network and DirecTV will bow down to whatever CSN’s demands are, or even that a deal will get done anytime soon. All I’m saying is: you add the Rockets improved product to having Reid Ryan dealing with the negotiations instead of George “The Wiesel” Postolos on the Astros side, and they have got to be in a much better situation than they were three months ago.

How much of an affect do you think Howard to the Rockets will have on CSN Houston negotiations?

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  • texasaaa

    Thank God the Stros are not on TV!
    Tuff decisions by the owners??? I hope they lose every penny and have to sell to someone who
    Cares about this team and not just money.
    Question??? How in the hell do they sell 18,000 tickets a game??? Little
    League is free!
    I’m a Ticked, Pissed and Frustrated Astro fan since their first season. I have seen it all with this team but this takes the cake.

    • EastSideKeith

      texasaaaa – You’re clearly not very intelligent. The Astro’s, under the current ownership, have successfully transformed the worst farm system in baseball into one of the best in a very short amount of time. I don’t know if you know this, but Drayton McLane destroyed this teams farm system in his tenure, and in order to become competitive and remain competitive in the future, you must first build a strong foundation. These things take time. A true baseball fan knows this. Get with it or get out.

    • strosdude9

      Thank you for reading! I definitely understand your frustration, and I know that the last couple seasons have been very thought to watch. I have been one to call out the current ownership on some things I didn’t really care for, but I’m hoping that most of my beef with the business side left with Postolos.

      For the average fan it’s tough to look at the current product on the field and understand what’s going on. As EastSideKeith said, the past regime tried to win at all cost, but completely neglected the farm system. No team can be competitive year in and year out without their own pipeline of minor league talent. A few years ago that pipeline dried up and that’s when the Astros started shipping every major league caliber player away for prospects. Our farm system was ranked in the bottom 5 in all of baseball at the start of last season. The system is now ranked in the top 5 by a majority of publications. That is a HUGE turn around in a very short amount of time.

      • strosdude9

        Hopefully within the next few seasons you should start to see those young guns come up and the Astros could become the Cardinals of the AL. Hang in there. It will definitely get better!

  • Tim

    Howard coming to the rockets means the rockets will be on national coverage more, so don’t see that helps this much. All three parties, CSN, Astros and Rockets, got greedy in search for more money and thought they could force this. Ultimately for them to get a deal, we all end up paying even for for whichever service we have because of this. I have no problem with the three entities coming up with this. It does seem homework wasn’t done. And, with the Longhorn network effort relatively young, it seems a lesson could have been learned from that. I applaud the providers not giving in and bowing down to this new channel.