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Astros Owner Crane Says Team Will Fight Bankruptcy Case Against CSN Houston
Published October 1, 2013
COVERAGE PLAN: Crane said that if the Astros "are able to receive their broadcast rights back from Comcast/NBC, he has a plan to have games fully distributed next season." He "did not say who would be his partner or partners in this venture." Kibbe said that the Astros had to return 46% "of their monthly rights fee payments for May and June to keep the network financially solvent and have not received any payments for July, August or September." He said that the Rockets "received their full rights fee, which was paid during the months the team was playing games" (CHRON.com, 9/30).
SO LONG, FAREWELL...: The CHRONICLE's Barron reported CSN Houston President & GM Matt Hutchings resigned yesterday. Hutchings will become COO of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in Denver, where he worked as President & CEO of Altitude Sports & Entertainment, the RSN that airs Nuggets and Avalanche games, before "returning to his hometown of Houston to launch CSN Houston." Comcast Sports Group Senior VP/Production, Programming & Station Operations Tom Stathakes "will work directly with the local production team while retaining his corporate responsibilities" (CHRON.com, 9/30).