Saturday, April 19, 2014

Conversation with Astros President Reid Ryan

Most fans of the Houston Astros have been blacked out for more than a year from watching their team on any television platform. This is my Twitter conversation with Astros President Reid Ryan on the subject.

The article claims: "As we first reported early this year, the Astros were primarily responsible for keeping CSN from making deals with providers not named Comcast. The agreement between the parties who own CSN (Astros, Rockets and Comcast) requires unanimous approval on any deals, approval the Astros and owner Jim Crane refused to give."

'Latest CSN Developments Could Lead to New TV Deals'

Ryan seems to feel the fault lies with cable TV carriers, directly opposite the claim made in the article, that the Astros have blocked the carriers' attempts to strike a deal and broadcast Astros games. As noted in my tweets, I suggested to Ryan that the Astros organization does not feel the need to accept responsibility, nor do they feel they are at fault. 

Clearly, the strategy is to deflect the blame and ignore the problem so it will go away. On that score, the Astros are correct – ignore the fans and they will surely go away.

Ryan did not respond to the last question.

© 2014 Larry Manch

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