In Houston, David Barron reports Astros Owner Jim Crane on Tuesday won a battle in his lawsuit against Comcast, NBCUniversal and former Astros Owner Drayton McLane, as the case was "returned to state district court." U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur in his 11-page opinion wrote the factors favoring retention of the case in federal court "are not of great importance and persuasion.” Crane's suit alleges the three parties "agreed to 'conceal material information' about the CSN Houston business plan." Meanwhile, the RSN's bankruptcy case "remains before Isgur, who has scheduled an Aug. 7 status update on what attorneys for the network says are bids by a buyer or buyers to purchase CSN Houston" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/24).
PENNANT FEVER: In Sacramento, Tom Couzens notes the A's finale of a four-game series against the Astros at O.co Coliseum will be aired "only on radio." Some A's midweek day games "aren't on TV" because the club's contract with Comcast SportsNet California calls for broadcasting only 145 regular-season games. Five more midweek day games "aren't scheduled to broadcast, including three in September." But officials at the RSN assure A's fans they will "consider adding games that might affect the pennant race" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 7/23).
I'M LIVING ON THE AIR IN CINCINNATI: In Cincinnati, Shannon Russell reported for the first time since '08, ESPN2 will broadcast the ATP Western & Southern Open singles championship, which had been airing on CBS in recent years. The net will have the WTA singles final at 2:00pm ET, "as it has in prior years," but now fans can "keep the channel tuned to ESPN2" for the 4:00pm men's match. ESPN shows more of the combined ATP/WTA event "than any other summer hard court event." The '14 tourney will "tally 28 hours for television and even more hours for ESPN3, where matches on three courts will be available" (CINCINNATI.com, 7/23).
SPANISH FLAVOR: The Texans on Tuesday announced its Spanish radio broadcasts will move to Houston-based KGOL-AM. Play-by-play announcer Enrique Vasquez will be joined by analyst Gustavo Rangel and sideline reporter Daniela Rodriguez. KGOL also will air 30-minute pre- and postgame shows and a one-hour Texans-focused show on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 9 (Texans).