• Crane: Astros' payroll could be $50-60 million in '14

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Oct 9, 2013
    Crane said the Astros' payroll, which was at about $13 million to end the season, could be between $50-60 million next year regardless of whether the club is able to settle its dispute with television partner Comcast. Astros owner Jim Crane said last week the team would be in position to increase its payroll next year, and on Tuesday he provided the first indication of just how much money could be spent on players in 2014. "If this gets resolved, we could go a little bit deeper," Crane said. A day after Astros owner Jim Crane met with reporters to discuss the team’s stance in the Comcast SportsNet Houston bankruptcy case, Comcast opted Wednesday for slightly barbed silence. Crane spent much of Tuesday afternoon in meetings to elaborate on the team’s motion to dismiss an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding filed against Houston Regional Sports Network, the Astros-Rockets-Comcast/NBC partnership that owns CSN Houston, by four creditors affiliated with Comcast. An Oct. Meanwhile Wednesday, Game Creek Video, which provides mobile production units for CSN Houston, asked the bankruptcy court to allow it to receive money from the company during the “gap period” between Sept.
    Source: MLB.com
  • Comcast opts not to get in war of words with Astros before hearing

    A day after Astros owner Jim Crane met with reporters to discuss the team’s stance in the Comcast SportsNet Houston bankruptcy case, Comcast opted Wednesday for slightly barbed silence. Crane spent much of Tuesday afternoon in meetings to elaborate on t…
    Source: chron.com

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