David Barron, who has been tracking this story from day one, was in the courtroom and tweeting out updates, as usual. After a few humorous moments in which Judge Lynn Hughes mentioned the "nasty letters" he'd been receiving from fans who wanted him to expedite the process, things got underway and the good news flowed quickly.
Rockets attorney Alan Gover says since Comcast says it is only concerned about money & not halting Root Sports, launch plans should proceed.— David Barron (@dfbarron) November 6, 2014
At that point, the Judge excused Comcast's lawyers so they could have a pow-wow and figure out if they agreed with that. It didn't take long:
Comcast says it is fine with the teams, DirecTV and AT&T closing as long as it can still argue its financial matters on the appeal.— David Barron (@dfbarron) November 6, 2014
With agreement that the core issues on appeal are financial, there is a clear path to the impending launch of Root Sports Houston.— David Barron (@dfbarron) November 6, 2014
And just like that, the two armies essentially sat down at the table to sign the peace treaty. To be sure, there are numerous details that yet need working out, and Comcast will still be working through appeals to reclaim a massive loan from the teams, but the fans don't care. What the fans care about are the games being on TV, and today was a triumph in that regard.
To recap: The bankruptcy court-ordered stay on closing will expire on or about Nov. 14. After that, Root Sports Houston is free to launch.— David Barron (@dfbarron) November 6, 2014
There it is. Once that deadline passes eight days from now, the network will be free to launch, returning Rockets (and, in 2015, Astros) games to the sixty-odd percent of Houstonians who have been sports-starved for two full years now. The great uphill fight appears, at long last, to be over, and it's quite possible that we're two weeks or less away from Rockets games being available to AT&T and DirecTV subscribers.