CSN Houston

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Does No Progress in CSN Houston Mediation Effort Really Mean No Progress?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast gathered before federal district court judge Lynn Hughes on Friday. This wasn't a hearing, and no judicial orders were handed down. It was, instead, the third mediation session for the parties within the past several weeks. The dispute under mediation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Applying the Three True Outcomes to the CSN Houston Fiasco

    The Houston Astros are in week two of the regular season. The Houston Rockets regular season is quickly coming to an end. This makes for two years that the Rockets games have not been available for most Houston viewers, and it's the start of the second year that Astros games mostly haven't been avai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Welcome to the New Normal: Where Houston Sports Fans Can't Actually See Teams Play

    The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees tomorrow night. It's Opening Day, the team's second as a member of the American League. The game will be aired on CSN Houston for anybody unwilling to pay the exorbitant prices brought on by the Astros' dynamic pricing model. That means that most of the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    For Sanity's Sake, Just Say No to the Astros

    The 2014 Houston Astros open up the regular season next week, and I don't give a damn. Seriously, that's a hard admission to make because I love baseball. But I can't even begin to muster any enthusiasm for the band of rejects (mostly) that will trot out onto the Minute Maid Park grass next week and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The CSN Houston Bankruptcy Clown Show Just Keeps Clowning Away

    Jim Crane, Les Alexander, and Robert Pick have been "invited to attend to informally discuss a resolution" to the CSN Houston bankruptcy matter on Friday, March 28. The invitation has been extended by Federal District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, the man overseeing the Astros appeal of CSN Houston's inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    I Want My CSN: Rockets Wins, Losses Won't Change a Thing

    Last year when the Rockets acquired Dwight Howard, there was much talk about how landing a marquee free agent not only made the Rockets a legitimate title contender, but that it was sure to provide the needed impetus for completing a deal to get CSN Houston, the television home of the Rockets, on ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    With a Little Patience, Maybe the Astros Can Make Out Like Bandits on CSN Houston

    It's easy to say that Jim Crane and the Houston Astros should just agree to any deal that Comcast or the Rockets put in front of them regarding CSN Houston carriage. The only concern of most fans is that the games get on television. Nothing else matters. And the truth of the matter is, making sure t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Judge Marvin Isgur Treated The Astros Like Nolan Ryan Treated Robin Ventura

    While most of the city's attention Tuesday afternoon (and that of the local sports media) was centered on Nolan Ryan's return to the Houston Astros, on the other side of downtown Houston the asses of the Houston Astros bankruptcy attorneys were being handed to them by Judge Marvin Isgur. And while t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Astros Bankruptcy Appeal Won't Get CSN Houston On TV Any Sooner

    Bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur commands respect. Not because he's a judge, but because of his understanding of bankruptcy law. He's respected by attorneys who appear before him. He's respected by his fellow judges. This is important to know because the Houston Astros have appealed his ruling putting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    CSN Houston, Bankruptcy, and Why The Rockets Aren't Just Innocent Victims

    Odds are that if you've flown an airline in the past decade you've flown on an airline going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is the popular bankruptcy, one that lets the airline stay in business and keep flying while attempting to come up with a profitable business plan. You're also probably wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    The Astros Have A Plan (Kind Of) To Deal With This Whole CSN Houston Disaster

    It's a little more than a week until the CSN Houston parties return to the courtroom of judge Marvin Isgur. Things have been relatively quiet since the last hearing, and it can only be hoped by all involved that the Rockets are close to working out carriage deals that will get the network on air thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    App of the Week: BarJinx Helps You Find Where to Watch Your Team

    It's confusing enough to try and find out who has a Comcast subscription so you can catch and Astros or Rockets game, but imagine if you really loved the NHL? How would you catch a Philadelphia Flyers game in Houston? A new website developed by locals aims to help solve that problem. BarJinx, creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Texas Monthly Gives Astros Bum Steer Award, Puts Wrong Unis, Players on Cover

    As if the humiliation couldn't get any worse, Texas Monthly decided to pile on. The Astros and Texans have humiliated Houston this season and the Astrodome is likely being torn down. So, on the cover the annual Bum Steer Awards issue, TM decided to put all three, the Dome being crushed under the wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    The Man Who Might Save CSN Houston

    Way back in the day, I worked as a briefing attorney for a state district court judge. And one of the things I learned was that judges, or at least the judge that I worked for, really do hate making rulings on the record because once that happens, the appeals process can start. And once the appeals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Rockets Take Over CSN Houston Negotiation, Bid to Buy the Network

    The Rockets, Astros and CSN Houston met in federal court this morning for yet another progress report on the Astros attempts to negotiate carriage deals with cable providers. CSN Houston is currently only available on Comcast and a handful of small cable system providers. They have as yet been unabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    We Talk With Astros Owner Jim Crane About The CSN Houston Debacle

    There's been much written about the CSN Houston debacle. Some straight and sober articles. Some opinionated pieces. But truthfully, expect for the parties involved, nobody really knows why CSN Houston has yet to achieve carriage on Direct TV, Dish Network, U-Verse, TimeWarner Cable, or most other ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Drayton McLane Suckered Jim Crane About CSN, And Now We're All Suffering

    Jim Crane was suckered by Drayton McLane. That's why most of the city of Houston can't see CSN Houston. It's just that simple. Jim Crane didn't do his proper due diligence, and he fell hook, line, and sinker for everything that McLane told him, including that bit about CSN Houston being set to earn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Not a Conspiracy Theory After All: CSN Files Bankruptcy Petition Citing "Total Gridlock"

    On Friday, CSN filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy asking a court to allow them to restructure. According to the heavily redacted court papers, CSN is citing "total gridlock" as the reason behind the move and is asking a judge to place a trustee in charge of the channel that could make decisions on beha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Believe It Or Not, There Is Fan Interest In The Astros

    The Astros season mercifully ends this weekend. Another 100-plus loss season. They are chasing the all-time strikeout record for a team -- a record held by the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's the only visit of the season by the New York Yankees and the final chance to see Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    What if the Astros Played and Nobody Watched? Well...

    A funny thing happened in Houston over the weekend. The Astros were up against the Texans in the ratings. As one might suspect, the Texans were victorious in the ratings war -- if not on the field. But, no one thought, at least in the ratings, the Astros would be shut out. Turns out, they were. Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Five New Houston Rap Songs For Your Morning Drive Time

    Summer is (technically) up in Houston and Propain's Ridin Slab' still remains on top of everything going. Between fall coming and my daily routine of driving up and down the city of Houston, there are at least five new singles that need to be added to your daily drive-time playlist. AllDay, "Medica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Astros Get Fewer Than 1,000 Viewers, Lose Ratings War to WNBA

    On Saturday, a good friend gave me a pair of extra tickets to the Astros-Angels game at Minute Maid Park. To say it was sparsely attended would be generous, but the few thousand people on hand in the park eclipsed by a wide margin those watching on TV. According to a report from Deadspin and the Chr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Astros Rake in the Cash While the Team Falters and Fans Can't Watch on TV

    One of the best ways to increase corporate profits is to layoff people. The cutting of salary increases profits by lowering expenses and is usually met with praise from investors who see such moves as a sign the company is streamlining and becoming more efficient. On the other hand, if you are one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    The Astros Rebuild Is Ugly, But It Can't Be Rushed

    Astros fans are getting reckless. The team's losing night after night. There's another 100-loss season staring people in the face. The team's challenging the Miami Marlins for the number draft pick, which would be the third year in a row that the Astros would have that pick. The bullpen's a disaste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Don't Expect This CSN Houston Matter To Be Settled Anytime Soon

    Could Astros fans in New Mexico prevent people in Houston from watching the Rockets this season? Could Houstonians have been viewing this whole CSN Houston carriage problem from the wrong angle? Is it really only a matter of money? Could the difference in NBA and MLB regional TV maps be the ultimate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Astros Post Worst TV Ratings of Any MLB Team Since 2008

    The third straight awful season for the Astros coupled with the lack of a deal with cable providers to carry CSN Houston has made for abysmal television ratings for the team. How bad? Well, you would have to go back to the 2008 Washington Nationals to find a worse local TV ratings number than the .4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Will Dwight Howard as a Rocket Change the CSN Houston Negotiations?

    One question that has been lingering in the background of the euphoria over Dwight Howard joining the Rockets is how many Houstonians will actually get to watch him on television come this fall? In virtually any other city, it would be a ridiculous question -- including the city he just left -- but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    No, The Astros Haven't Killed Baseball in Houston

    The Astros played an ugly game Monday night, losing 12-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros have played a lot of ugly games this season. But this game was the final straw for Jesus Ortiz at the Houston Chronicle, and it caused him to wonder if the Astros are killing baseball in Houston. My initial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Five Reasons Following the Astros This Season is Masochistic

    Maybe you like to hurt yourself. Maybe that's how you roll. If that is the case, besides perhaps seeking professional help, you might want to watch our Houston Astros this year because you would just about have to be a masochist to follow them. After a surprising run of wins last month, the 'Stros b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    U-verse Just Keeps Saying "No Thanks" to CSN Houston

    There was more news in the CSN Houston debacle last week. And for users of U-verse, that news wasn't good -- for what it's worth, it's probably not very good news for anyone who doesn't have Comcast. David Barron's got the story up over at the Chronicle, but in essence, the story goes like this: Ji ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Astros Upheaval: Postolos Resigns, Astros Wives Organization Disbanded

    When your product on the field is really crappy, changes in a baseball organization are to be expected. But when they happen off the field, it makes you wonder just what the hell is going on. In the case of the Astros, the maneuvers at Minute Maid on Monday ran the gamut from some potential good new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Is Football's Dominance of Sports Talk Sign of the Times or Permanent Fixture?

    One man's opinion...not whether too little Astro/baseball coverage on local sports radio, but whether too much football in off season.— Greg Lucas(@GREGCLUCAS) May 13, 2013 Former Astros broadcaster Greg Lucas tweeted the above a few days ago, and it resonated with me and something I've been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The Houston Aeros Are No More, R.I.P.

    The Houston Aeros lost 7-0 to the Grand Rapids Griffins in Grand Rapids on Saturday night. With the loss the Aeros are done for this season, having lost the deciding game of round one of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. And with the loss, the Houston Aeros are done in Houston. They are no more. The nex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Comcast SportsNet Gives In (A Little): Free Trial This Month -- All The Astros Action You Want!! (Maybe)

    The endless, tedious fight between Comcast SportsNet and local cable providers has left Houston sports fans out of luck if they're trying to follow the local teams. That may have changed, however. Comcast SportsNet has announced they're giving a free trial to most Houston cable viewers, which will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Five Reasons The Rockets Playoff Run Isn't Generating More Buzz

    I listen to a lot of sports radio and talk to people online and off about sports on a regular basis. Despite the fact that the Rockets are in the playoffs for the first time in three years, there just isn't the buzz about the team Houston has seen in years past. There are fewer calls about them on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    The Great CSN Houston Tax Scam

    Everybody's pretty damn tired of the CSN Houston situation. Tired of being screwed out of Rockets games. Tired, maybe, of not being able to see the Astros get swept by the Oakland A's. Tired of watching CSN's Matt Hutchings constantly on the television and lying out of his teeth about who's responsi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Astros Start Play On Sunday: Does Anyone Really Care?

    The 2013 season begins for the Astros on Sunday night when the Astros host the Texas Rangers on ESPN. And frankly, I'm at the point with Jim Crane and flunkies that I really don't give a damn. Is anyone really excited about this Astros season? The team is going to be bad. The owner and his minions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: SHO, Astros and Croquet?

    Hey, boys and girls, it's the weekend again. I bet you didn't think you'd make it here from Monday, did you? We assume the next few days are all filled up with plans for antiquing, buying groceries, working in the garden, eating sensibly and going to church for Easter. HA HA HA! We're kidding. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    I'm Rubber, You're Glue: CSN Houston Fires Back at DirecTV

    If you caught my story yesterday on DirecTV's shot at negotiations with CSN Houston (if not, click the link), the television home to the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo, you know it is becoming more and more clear that the fight to get the local teams into more than the current 40 percent of Houston home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    DirecTV Drops Gauntlet on CSN, Sports Networks and Fans

    DirecTV, considered by many to be the lynchpin in negotiations to get Comcast SportsNet Houston on cable system providers other than Comcast, is apparently digging in its heels when it comes to sports networks in particular. On a website -- -- it has an entire section dedicated to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Sexual Orientation Questions at NFL Combine Spark Sports Radio Discussion, Create Welcome Distraction

    I listen to a lot of sports talk radio. I listen to as much of the various hosts as possible across the five different stations that offer all-sports formats -- yes, five, it's insane. There are some shows and on-air talent I like better than others. We're all like that I would guess. For me, I tend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Hey Astros, You Might Want To Hire Some Radio Broadcasters

    The Houston Astros report for spring training next week. The first spring training game is on Saturday, February 23rd. And yet the Astros still do not have a radio broadcast team. Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond were dismissed the day after the 2012 season ended. In early October. And the topic as to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Houston's Not The Only City Having Problems With Comcast SportsNet

    The Portland Trail Blazers are in the middle of a 10-year contract with Comcast SportsNet Northwest. And so far, the only people in the CSN Northwest viewing area who can see the Trail Blazers are those people who have Comcast. Not people with Direct TV. Not people with Dish Network. Not those who m ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2013

    Rockets Blocked Out

    Sources say Astros Stopped a deal to bring CSN Houston, Rockets Games to DirecTV.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Sources: Astros Blocked a Potential Deal That Would Have Brought CSN Houston, Rockets Games to DirecTV

    According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Astros, who are part owners of Comcast SportsNet Houston along with the Houston Rockets and NBC, nixed an 11th-hour deal with DirecTV that could have put CSN Houston on the provider and delivered Rockets games to its subscribers at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Must See TV: Where in the Hell Can I Watch the Rockets if I Don't Have Comcast

    As Rockets fans are well aware, the only major TV/cable provider in the Houston area that carries CSN Houston, the broadcast home for the Rockets, is Comcast. If you don't have it, you most likely can't see Rockets games including if you have the NBA League Pass, which blacks out games in the area d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Crystal Ball: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Texans/Rockets Edition

    It's always an adventure when it comes to being a sports fan in Houston. Fortunes change quickly and the sensitive sports psyche of the city is so damn fragile, our confidence having been shattered so often in the past. Even when we want to swagger into a new year or a new season, it feels uncomfort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Comcast SportsNet Houston Debacle Keeping Buzz-Worthy Rockets from Getting Buzz

    What if the Rockets won in a forest and no one was there to see it? These are the kinds of philosophical questions many fans must ask themselves this year because the vast majority don't have access to games on TV thanks to an apparent impasse between Comcast SportsNet Houston, the official home of ... More >>

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