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Could Astros and Rockets Games Finally Be on Your Cable Provider Soon?

There’s potentially a resolution at hand of a court case involving a proposal to sell the Houston Regional Sports Network. That’s the parent company of the long-lamented Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership better known as CSN Houston, the channel 60 percent of Houstonians can’t see on providers who aren’t named Comcast. If approved by U.S. bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur, […]

There’s potentially a resolution at hand of a court case involving a proposal to sell the Houston Regional Sports Network. That’s the parent company of the long-lamented Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership better known as CSN Houston, the channel 60 percent of Houstonians can’t see on providers who aren’t named Comcast.

If approved by U.S. bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur, the sale to DirecTV Sports Networks and AT&T would allow U-Verse and DirecTV customers in Houston to once again see the Rockets and the Astros. The teams support the deal; Comcast opposes it.

Isgur last week ruled Comcast’s decision to place the network into Chapter 11 bankruptcy more than a year ago, combined with other events, effectively rendered Comcast’s contract to air CSN Houston to have no value. That ruling might create conditions where the sale could go forward. Judge Isgur is expected to make that ruling sometime in the next two weeks, possibly the afternoon of  Oct. 28, when the Houston Rockets’ 2014-2015 season begins. (That first game will be broadcast nationally on TNT, but where their next game on the 29th, and all subsequent regionally-broadcast games might air, depends on how the judge rules). If the sale goes forward, Rockets and Astros games could suddenly appear on a re-branded channel called Root Sports Houston. Comcast, meanwhile, could still seek an appeal through – yep – that same 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

We talk with Houston Press writer Jeff Balke about the latest in this longstanding battle over the beleaguered regional sports network.

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