The good thing about playing the Texas Rangers is the fact that we get to see the games on TV. Recent news from a Houston courtroom suggests that we might be able to watch Astros games on TV with regularity as early as next spring. David Barron has the entire story.
In a nutshell, AT&T and DirecTV Sports Networks have submitted a bid to purchase CSN Houston. The regional sports network has been in bankruptcy court for almost a year now. If approved, the new network will be known as Root Sports Houston and will be available to AT&T U-verse and DirecTV subscribers. A ruling could come as early as October 5th.
Astros and Rockets fans aren’t quite out of the woods yet, but things are starting to look a lot better. Still, Comcast isn’t going to go down without a fight.
"Comcast is expected to object to several aspects of the reorganization plan at a Sept. 4 hearing before Judge Isgur, who also set Oct. 2 for a hearing that could end with approval of the AT&T/DirecTV ownership proposal."
Judge Isgur, who has been presiding over the bankruptcy procedures, seems to be running out of patience. While the Astros and Rockets have been open to solutions that would help them recoup tens of millions in lost rights fees, CSN has continued to drag its feet.
Whether or not subscribers to Comcast Cable will have access to the new network remains to be seen. But, given their reputation for poor transmission quality and terrible customer service, I’m assuming many Comcast customers would be willing to switch providers.