Houston Astros owner Jim Crane (Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports)

Team McLane calls Crane's Astros abysmal

Another day, another court filing. Team Drayton McLane appeared in court today to respond to Jim Crane’s allegations of fraud and breach of contract. Heck let’s throw in a little conspiracy just for fun. McLane’s lawyers have officially entered a motion to dismiss Crane’s lawsuit.

As usual, we depend on David Barron for the details. He’s definitely our go to guy when it comes to legal proceedings.

Nothing like a little Texas mudslinging to get things started.

Crane alleges that McLane and Rockets owner Leslie Alexander conspired to give Comcast Cable Network discounted rates while  overcharging other carriers for CSN Houston. It’s something called a most favored nation clause. Apparently, Comcast is it’s own freakin’ nation now. Who knew?

Comcast is big, too. The wannabe Cable and Internet Superpower is currently invading Crimea attempting to buyout/merger with Time Warner Cable. That transaction is being closely scrutinized and may not be given federal approval. That will be for a different set of lawyers to decide.

Today, McLane’s lawyers pointed out the fact that Crane signed a legal contract that bars McLane from any future liability. The future of the team and the fledgeling RSN that had yet to go on the air were in Crane’s hands at the completion of the transaction.

As we all know, only a few tiny cable providers (who service small areas where none of us actually live) have agreed to pay the exorbitant rights fees to carry CSN Houston. As a result, TV broadcasts of Astros games have been unavailable to the majority of Houston area residents and almost all other residents of Texas and its surrounding states. That’s a ridiculously large area. (More on MLB’s ludicrous blackout rules later)

No games on TV obviously sucks for the fans. Crane notes it’s also bad for business. Comcast owes the Astros several million dollars which Crane claims has hamstrung his ability to improve the club.

Just get this thing settled already!

It’s simple. No money = bad.

Some money > no money.

Just give all the carriers the discount rate. It will get the games on TV and, at the same time, generate a little cash flow. Win, win!

But I digress.

Today was — just another day — another court filing.


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  • Leif Daddow

    A cluster F

    • astrosince1975

      Today’s game was listed on MLB Network but, for the second time this spring, wasn’t broadcast where I live (San Antonio) and I’m assuming MLB Network is blacking out the entire region. So much for Crane’s efforts to “make more game broadcasts available.

  • BUNT

    Drayton McLane put lipstick all over his pig called the Houston Astros and sold it to Jim Crane with some lying regarding what the deal was with Comcast. The proof is in the pudding and McLanes own said we knew the supposed numbers with Comcast were never going to happen. It will take a while longer but Karma will get McLane. As to him saying the Astros have been terrible under Crane yes the big league club has been terrible but only because they are being built for a long and bright future. ESPN named their farm system the best in baseball and with the number one pick again this year I see our Astros in the playoffs and on the way to the World Series year after next and strong after that. they re being built by the master behind the St Louis Cardinals Jeff Luhnow. Fix the TV deal get them the amount of cash they deserve and they will finalize the plan they have been executing until now. GO Astros.

    • astrosince1975

      I am looking forward to seeing what our lineup can do in a couple of years. Hopefully I’ll be able to see that lineup in the comfort of my own home, like just about every fan of every other team can.

  • Bob Hulsey

    Your honor, I can introduce to you the total winning pcts. of the McLane Era teams (.517) vs. the total winning pcts. of the Crane Era teams (.327) as evidence that Mr. McLane can testify that the current team is indeed “abysmal”. We also introduce comparisons of their attendance numbers and tv ratings…

  • texasaaa

    McLane sold us out for profit and the new owners are poking money in theirs.