Another Astros season starts with no TV deal

Many of you won't be able to see Astros games without going to the park
April 1, 2014 5:53:21 PM PDT
For many fans who can't make it to Minute Maid for a game, don't count on catching it at home. Tuesday was another opening day without a resolution in a cable battle that's keeping Houston home teams off TV.

Opening day always brings with it a lot of optimism. Fans are anxious to see their teams on the field. But for more than a year, a majority of Houstonians haven't been able to see the Astros unless they come to a game because 60 percent of the market doesn't subscribe to Comcast.

That's frustrating for even the most loyal of fans.

"That's horrible," said Astros fan Terry Reed. "What about the people that can't afford to come to games that want to support them no matter what?"

"I think it's a bad deal that you can't watch your home team play in your home city," added fan Bruce Welch. "That don't make no sense at all to me."

"The Astros fan base has really stuck with us over the years," said team president Reid Ryan. "We're in it to try to do what's best for the fans and hopefully that'll happen soon."

A year ago, as the Astros started the season against the Rangers, owner Jim Crane didn't think we'd still be talking about it.

"It's not good and we feel it'll get worked out relatively soon," said Crane last April.

That hasn't happened and it's now a legal mess, with CSN Houston in bankruptcy, lawsuits and countersuits, though Ryan thinks it will get worked out one way or another.

"At this point, the TV situation really is in the court's hands," he said. "So we're hoping it'll come out of bankruptcy court and that we'll be able to get the games on to everybody."

Or you can join the thousands who trek to Minute Maid to see the home team in person.

We reached out to both CSN Houston and the parent company. NBC Universal, for comment. Both politely declined given the current legal situation.

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