Houston, We Have an FSN Deal


FSN Southwest announced a multiyear deal with Houston Regional Sports Network Tuesday.

Under terms of the agreement, FSN Southwest gets the rights to all games not selected for national telecast from Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros and the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets.

The deal covers 68 regular-season Rockets games this season, starting with Tuesday night’s clash with the Memphis Grizzlies. As far as the Astros, FSN Southwest gets a minimum of 130 regular-season games annually.

Also as a result of the agreement, all existing litigation between the parties has been dismissed.

HRSN -- which is jointly owned and controlled by the two teams -- owns the local broadcast rights for the Astros and Rockets, and it was created to allow the teams to work together to market their local television rights.

“Despite all of the legal wrangling, which I’m pleased is behind us now, all parties worked long and hard over the past several months to reach this agreement, which I believe to be fair to all sides,” FSN president Bob Thompson said in a prepared statement.

“Houston sports fans will love this arrangement because of the depth and breadth of coverage of both their local teams,” Rockets CEO George Postolos said in a prepared statement.

“[FSN] has agreed to carry many more Astros and Rockets games than ever before and to create a regional sports report that originates from Houston and focuses on the local sports scene,” he added. “We have worked many years to develop the appropriate plan for HRSN, and we have a truly terrific partner in [Astros owner] Drayton [McLane] and the Astros.”