Well, so much for “…and they lived happily ever after.”
For everyone who thought Jim Crane was in cahoots with Drayton McLane, guess again. Apparently, if they were close or involved in some sort of conspiracy as some have alleged, the honeymoon is over after Crane filed a lawsuit against McLane, Comcast and NBC Universal.
Crane says the Rockets could still be included in the lawsuit.
Another PR battle for Crane, who has struggled time and again with his public image since buying the Astros just two years ago. If free agents were hesitant to come to Houston because of the on-field product, the public image of the off-the-field organization ain’t helping any.
It hasn’t been a good couple of years for Houston sports. So here are some questions to carry the conversation through the weekend.
- Who is the most despised sports’ figure in Houston? Drayton McLane, Jim Crane, Gary Kubiak, Matt Schaub, Comcast.
- Which network will the Astros be on in 2014? Fox Sports, Comcast, TBD.
- Who’s the bad guy in this whole TV deal (choose one only): McLane, Crane, Rockets or Comcast.
- In 2062, in the 100th year of the organization, how will this period of the Astros’ franchise be remembered?
- Tough question and I’m guessing I’m setting you up for some zingers, one liners and snappy witticisms, but with Thanksgiving approaching, what are you most grateful for this off-season with the Astros.