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SBD/March 29, 2013/Events and Attractions
Nolan Ryan-Owned Company Financing MLB Exhibition Series In Alamodome
Published March 29, 2013
TAKING TEXAS BY THE HORNS: Oliver writes the Rangers with the exhibition games are "making a pitch for hearts in South Texas." Ryan said, "We feel like we've developed some good fans here in San Antonio, and feel like there's an opportunity to expand our market in Texas. Our goal is to be Texas' team." The Astros, who "traditionally have claimed a strong fan base in the area, are reeling." Unless a last-minute deal can be struck with any of the major cable providers in the San Antonio area, Astros fans "won't see the club" on TV with the exception of FS Southwest's telecasts of Astros-Rangers games. FS Southwest Senior VP & GM Jon Heidtke said, "It'll be 150 games, April to the end of the season, all Rangers, all the time." The Rangers, "before gaining that additional muscle, already were making their move in the San Antonio market." Rangers officials and players see this weekend as "another way to strengthen that hold" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 3/29).