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Bankruptcy Ruling Keeps CSN Houston Afloat, But No Relief For Cut Off Viewers
Published February 5, 2014
CONTINGENCY PLANS: In Houston, Evan Drellich reported Astros Owner Jim Crane has "spoken to MLB Network as he prepares a contingency plan to get the Astros on TV." Crane said, "We've gone out pretty extensively and said no matter what happens here, we hope something gets resolved, (that) we get the games on through this vehicle with Comcast. But if it doesn’t, we’ll be in a position where we can get the games delivered to the fans in some form or fashion with MLB Network. We’ve talked to them. We’re making contingency plans. We want the fans to see the games. We can’t go another year without seeing the games, and same way with the Rockets. They feel the same way.” Crane "last had dialogue with MLB Network on Friday." He said, “I had a long conversation with them. Basically, it depends what happens with Comcast. Somebody’s going to have to run that station and basically produce the games. We either have to produce those outside or produce those with their people that are used to doing that. How that works, and then whether we stream it or whether we go as an adjunct to a channel off of that (isn’t decided)" (CHRON.com, 2/1).