The Astros Start Play On Sunday: Does Anyone Really Care?
The 2013 season begins for the Astros on Sunday night when they host the Texas Rangers on ESPN. And frankly, I'm at the point with Jim Crane and flunkies that I really don't give a damn.
These people think that you are idiots.
Is anyone really excited about this Astros season? The team is going to be bad. The owner and his minions keep pissing off the fans. There's the price gouging for opening day, the lack of a television deal, and George Postolos crapping all over Larry Dierker. There are the games being moved to a radio station with a weak signal while the games are called by a minor league broadcaster.
So as the season starts, I thought I would express a few thoughts on a few things regarding the Astros that are really, really pissing me off.
4. NO-SEE TV
More shots were fired in the great CSN Houston battle last night. CSN Houston president Matt Hutchings once again fired out with his standard line of bull that it's all the fault of unreasonable cable and satellite providers without actually offering up any legitimate evidence to support his claims. Then Jim Crane opened his mouth and said the Astros wanted a rights fee that is competitive with the Rangers and the Angels. The problem with Crane's logic, of course, is that he's not actually offering up a product that is competitive with the product the Rangers and the Angels are providing to cable and satellite providers.
CSN Houston is still not available to most of the viewing public in Houston or in Texas. The commercials on TV and radio make it sound like all the evil cable and satellite providers are taking the Astros away from the public. Hell, there was even a spokesman for the mayor falling for this line of crap the other day. But it's a lie. And it's a lie that needs to stop.
The Astros, and the Rockets, are the ones who are responsible for you not being able to watch their games. They're the ones who decided to form a venture and start up a sports cable network from scratch. And they're the ones who decided not to renew a contract with Fox Sports Southwest, available throughout Houston and Texas, for a new network that can only be seen by people who have Comcast, and frankly, signing up for the awful service provided by Comcast in order to watch a bad Astros team just isn't worth the cost, just as it's not worth it to Direct TV, Dish, U-verse and Time-Warner to pay the same amount to Comcast to air the Astros as regional networks in California have to pay to air the Dodgers.