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Astros Make Case to Throw Out CSN Bankruptcy

Astros Make Case to Throw Out CSN Bankruptcy

Attorneys for the Astros liken the team's agreement with Comcast SportsNet Houston to a prenup, and now the ball club wants out.

Astros owner Jim Crane was among those who took the stand Monday as the team made its case to dismiss the network's bankruptcy filing.

Comcast argues the Astros balked at deals with other cable providers to bring in more money. 

Texas Southern University's Walter Champion says if that's the case, the Astros' poor record won't help.

“I think if they went back and looked at the year, they probably would say okay we messed up,” says the sports and entertainment attorney.

Comcast does admit owing the Astros $18 million in unpaid fees.  Crane admitted he was in talks to return the team to Fox Sports Net.

The Rockets meantime, say they are joining Comcast in its bankruptcy efforts -- a major break from the Astros.

Champion says it sounds like everyone involved is having regrets.

“Somebody screwed up, and maybe they didn't read the fine print, but that's a horrible deal,” he says.

“How many people do we have in the area?  Half of them are in and half are out,” Champion said referring to only 40-percent of Houston households able to watch their home teams.

While the Rockets support CSN's move toward bankruptcy, the team has said it opposes a trustee being appointed in the case.  The Rockets instead want all sides given one week to negotiate, an idea the Astros dismissed.

 

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