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    November 4, 2014

    What Houston Lost to Finally get the Rockets and Astros on TV Again

    For two years, Comcast SportsNet viewers had sarcastically needled Bill Doleman, asking him why he didn't dress more like his Houston Rockets studio show co-host, Calvin Murphy, whose flamboyant suits crashed nightly through every barrier of sartorial subtlety at warp speed. So it was appropriate, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Rockets Season Preview 2014-15: Uphill Climb in the Stacked Western Conference

    Since 1997 when the Rockets took a dagger to the heart in the form of a John Stockton three pointer in the Western Conference Finals, the team has toiled in mediocrity. Sure, they've made the playoffs on several occasions, but they have made it past the first round exactly once in 16 seasons, includ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Best Tweets from Texans Fans During Game-Time TV Outages

    Disgruntled football fans took to Twitter Sunday and Monday to lambaste satcasters DIRECTV and Dish Network for storm-related interruptions to the Texans game. Most satellite setups struggle to maintain a perfect signal in bad weather conditions, prompting customers to upgrade receivers and dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    SEC Network, Texas A&M Coming to Comcast, Houston. Fans Continue to Wait on CSN, Rockets, Astros

    The good news: Aggies fans will get to watch A&M football on Comcast this upcoming fall. The bad news: CSN Houston is still ONLY on Comcast. Not to be a negative nelly, but it does seem rather ridiculous that games for both Texas A&M (SEC Network) will be available to the vast majority of Houstonia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Dear Sports Illustrated: Any Prediction as to When CSN Houston Will Get On Our TVs?

    The Houston Astros are on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. The photo's not a joke; neither is the story. The story goes into the radical rebuild of the club and the magazine makes the bold prediction that the Astros will win the 2017 World Series. And who knows, if the Astros really get ... 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 5, 2014

    CSN Houston Safe For Now, Deserves to Survive

    On Tuesday, the judge in the Comcast Sports Net bankruptcy case granted the flailing sports network the opportunity to reorganize under of Chapter 11, which gives them protection from creditors until they can work out what they are going to do next. This is a clear victory for the folks at Comcast a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Rockets Seek More Time, Fans Shrug Their Collective Shoulders

    Since the Rockets took over negotiations on behalf of the CSN Houston group of partners, it has been quiet. On Monday night, the Rockets formally requested until January 31 to continue what it considers significant progress in its negotiations to extricate the network from financial troubles and, ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Latest CSN Developments Could Lead to New TV Deals

    For the first time since the inception of the CSN Houston network, only Comcast subscribers have been able to see the channel and, as a result, both the Rockets and Astros. But, on Thursday the Astros, who had been named lead negotiators for the network back in November after CSN filed for bankruptc ... 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

    December 4, 2013

    CSN Houston and Jim Crane's Long, Strange Trip to Nowhere

    No sports fan in Houston really cares why the Rockets and Astros still aren't on TV. They don't care about the money behind the deals, the accusations of fraud, the back-room negotiations, per-subscriber rates, the posturing and the lawsuits. The only thing that they want is for their teams to be on ... 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 22, 2013

    Jim Crane Accuses Drayton McLane and Comcast of Fraud In A New Lawsuit

    Jim Crane said he did his due diligence when he purchased the Houston Astros. That he looked at all of the books. That he and his people went through everything there was to know about the Astros and their deal with CSN Houston before completing the purchase of the team. He even told bankruptcy cour ... 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 >>

  • News

    October 24, 2013

    All Systems Go: The Rockets Are Young, Focused and Ready to Compete

    Fun-loving, but hyper-competitive on the court, the Rockets are ready to deliver a new age in Houston basketball. Fans are ready for that, too.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    CSN, Astros Trading Barbs in Bankruptcy Case

    You would think by now Jim Crane would have made his point. But, then again, the government is shutdown due to a small group of hardline Republicans, so I guess keeping the Astros and Rockets off TV due to one hardline MLB owner seems reasonable these days. As CSN hurtles towards a bankruptcy heari ... 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

    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

    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

    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

    February 15, 2013

    Artists Who Need Their Own Sirius/XM Channel Already

    I've had satellite radio in my life since Christmas. Nothing is better than falling asleep on the couch on a Saturday afternoon after a big fat lunch with Willie's Roadhouse playing; waking up every few hours to piss during a Ray Price cut and then falling back to sleep. What I love the most, besi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Not Buzzworthy? Rockets Winning Games, but Not Hearts and Minds

    Tuesday morning, a friend of mine asked a question on Facebook: "Which championship do you most want to see next in Houston, football, basketball or baseball?" Not surprisingly, for most the answer was simple: football. The Houston Rockets are a young, dynamic, offensive-minded team. They have one ... 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 21, 2013

    Will The Astros Losses Still Count If You Can't Watch The Games?

    If the Astros lose 100-plus games again this season, and nobody can see them play those games, do the losses really happen? If the Astros lose 100-plus games again this season, and nobody can watch it happen, will anybody really care? That's a bit of an exaggeration. People will be able to watch th ... More >>

  • 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

    December 26, 2012

    Rockets 120, Bulls 97: Offensive Juggernaut Routs Another Defensive Powerhouse

    Don't look now, but the team no one can see on Houston TV is looking pretty damn good right about now. Winning their fourth game in a row, which included routs over the Knicks and the Grizzlies, the Rockets beat one of the best defensive teams in the league, the Chicago Bulls, by 23, at one point le ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Is It Time to Ditch Cable for Streaming Digital Video? Six Questions to Help You Decide

    Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Looking Forward To The Astros In 2013

    With 2012 coming to an end, let's kiss this lost year of the Astros goodbye and take a look at what's coming in 2013. The key word is "new," as in new uniforms, new logos, new TV network, new broadcasters, new players, new manager and coaches, and on, and on, and on. 5. Welcome to the American Lea ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Ten Gifts for the Houston Sports Fan They are Bound to Love

    When you have a sports fan in your life, I mean a serious, hard core fan, it can be tough to buy for them. Some of them seem to spend entire paychecks on sports gear and stuff related to their teams. Most have tickets games and probably have a lot of memorabilia that will sell great on Ebay someday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Five Ways You Can Help Your Buddies Without Comcast Follow the Rockets Games

    The saga continues with Comcast Sportsnet. Game two of the very young NBA season is upon us and still no deals with U-Verse, DirecTV or Dish Network to carry the sports channel that is the exclusive home to the Rockets and Astros. It's difficult to say just how long it will take to get deals done. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    The Young Ones: Rockets Season Will Be Infused With, Complicated By Youth

    Back in the late '90s, when the Rockets had real championship aspirations, the team was consistently one of the oldest in the NBA. They routinely filled the end of the roster with guys like Charles Jones, who Rockets TV play-by-play man Bill Worrell affectionately called "Old Man River." By contrast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Rockets Start the Preseason Tonight, But Not on U-Verse or DirecTV

    When it comes to preseason sports, there is nothing as boring as professional basketball. Ok, maybe spring college football scrimmages come close, but, overall, preseason in the NBA is a torturous grind and this is coming from someone who loves pro ball. For the home town team, preseason will provid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Welcome To The Charles Sims Show

    Houston Cougar running back Charles Sims is probably one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He's quiet, and getting more than a sentence or two from him in a media setting just isn't going to happen. In fact, when dealing with the press, Sims looks as if he'd rather face an entire opposing defe ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Longhorn Network Begs You to Help Them Find a Home

    I was sitting at the gym Wednesday morning pedaling my ass off on the stationary bike while watching Sports Center and a funny commercial came on the screen. It was obviously not of the professionally produced variety -- just a simple graphic screen with a voice-over imploring (okay, asking) viewers ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Tonight: Carnaval Houston at Planeta Bar-Rio

    Carnaval, the four-day festival that precedes the beginning of Lent for Catholics, is probably Brazil's biggest Holiday. During this period (which officially ends at noon Ash Wednesday - people need their sleep), revelers take the streets and dance to the beat of the Afro-inspired drums of samba, Ax ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Area Man On TV Tonight

    If you got the TV on tonight, click over to TBS and see a local comedian making an impression on television. Mike MacRae, who got his start at Houston’s Laff Stop, is now a cast member on Frank TV. The weekly sketch show – now in its second season – stars Frank Caliendo (you know, that guy fro ... More >>