• Crane said he remains confident Astros games will soon be available to a majority of the Houston TV market. The Astros' regional network partnership with the NBA's Houston Rockets and NBC Sports is currently available in about 40 percent of Houston TV households and isn't on carriers such as DirecTV and Dish Network.
"I think something will get done," he said. "We want the fans to watch the games, we're concerned about it. What we told people is we've to get a good deal for the long-term value of the team, which is the revenue base we need to support the team to compete with the Rangers and Angels and those sorts of people. Getting a good TV deal is important, so we hope it goes off on time, but if it doesn't, I think you'll see something shortly after that."
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