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SBD/June 14, 2013/Franchises
Astros' Jim Crane Touches On TV Deal, Increasing Payroll During Radio Appearance
Published June 14, 2013
TALK TO THEM: The team last month hired Reid Ryan as President of Business Operations, and Crane said Ryan and GM Jeff Luhnow will be the "point people" for the organization. Noting he is not "one to look for the spotlight," Crane said, "I'm there to help them and give them the resources they need to run the business correctly on both sides. That's what I'll do. ... I'll be involved when I need to be involved." He did disclose he monitors what is said in the press about the Astros, and about him personally, in order to make sure facts are not twisted. Crane: "Certainly everyone is going to have their opinion, and I appreciate that. But I'm one that likes to see accurate information. ... You get a lot of situations where they get the information wrong, and then extend off of that. Once facts are not right, then they kind of get extended and can lead in the wrong direction. We try to make sure we get the press the right information."
HAVE A DRINK ON ME: The Astros' 23-44 record as of Friday morning is the worst in the AL, and a caller asked Crane about reducing the price of beer at Minute Maid Park amid the team's lack of on-field success. Crane replied, "I don't think we've raised anything since we've taken over. But certainly, if that will get more fans in the place, we would definitely be interested in getting the beer prices where everybody thought they were worth coming to the game." Crane said season-ticket prices were not raised prior to this season, but the team does utilize dynamic ticket pricing, as that keeps "scalpers out of the mix and generates some more revenue for the team." Crane: "I know it wasn't really received well, but it really doesn't affect the normal fans, per se" ("The Rush," ESPN Radio 97.5 Houston, 6/12).