It looks like the Astros are winning in the courtroom this week. Jim Crane and company are playing hardball and Judge Isgur seems to be agreeing with their line of thinking.
David Barron of The Chronicle spent more than 12 hours at the proceedings on Monday and was back in the courtroom again today. Here are a few of his tweets that seem to suggest that the Astros are making some serious headway.
It appears the attorneys are studying an order or agreement of some kind now. Judge isn’t in courtroom yet,
— David Barron (@dfbarron) October 29, 2013
Judge Isgur has entered an order in the CSN Houston bankruptcy case that allows the Astros to seek new options toward a new business plan. — David Barron (@dfbarron) October 30, 2013
The order makes the Astros the lead negotiator for the Houston Regional Sports Network partnership that includes Rockets and Comcast. — David Barron (@dfbarron) October 30, 2013
The Astros on behalf of HRSN are allowed to “investigate and negotiate the terms” of carriage, broadcast and management agreements … — David Barron (@dfbarron) October 30, 2013
“For the good faith implementation of this order.” Other actions, including Astros motion for dismissal and Comcast for trustee, are on hold — David Barron (@dfbarron) October 30, 2013
It looks like the Astros have loaded the bases. Now it’s up to Jim Crane and company to drive ‘em in. It will still be hard to sell a lousy (Astros) product for a premium price so I don’t know how much this changes things. And this probably isn’t exactly good news for Rockets fans that don’t get CSN.
This doesn’t appear to do anything for immediate carriage, but who knows? No immediate comments from Comcast, Astros or Rockets.
— David Barron (@dfbarron) October 30, 2013
Stay tuned. I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.