Houston Roundball Review: Women's Hoops

This is The Houston Roundball Review's (www.TheHRR.com) blog to discuss women's basketball. The HRR began in 1994 and has been media credentialed to cover college and pro hoops since 1997. Member of the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Friday, May 30, 2008

Comets Radio Deal

I've been critical of the Houston Comets organization for failing to finalize a radio deal with a local Houston station in time for the start of the 2008 WNBA season. Then, I criticized the Comets for not announcing a deal when their second game of the season was on the radio and hardly anyone knew about it.

Well, in the interest of fairness, the Comets announced their deal today:

Houston Comets and News Talk 1070 KNTH-AM Form Radio Broadcast Partnership"

Better late than never.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Since my web host is once again working, just a few quick thoughts on the May 27th Comets home opener versus the Minnesota Lynx.

First, clearly the Comets' idea of a "sell out" differs from mine. There were plenty of empty seats at the game. Now, if the team sold the tickets (hopefully not at reduced prices?) and the fans decided not to show up, then that's one thing. Or, perhaps the Comets simply gave tickets away to city organizations; schools; churches; etc. and those fans decided not to show up.

The bottom line is the fans who did attend the game know the home opener was filled with hundreds of empty seats instead of the announced sold out crowd of 7,261.

Next, except for the early part of the second quarter and the awful final five minutes of the fourth quarter and the overtime, the Comets played fairly well in the
98 to 92 overtime loss to the Minnesota Lynx. However, blowing an eleven point lead (82 to 71) in the final 5:36 of the game was inexcusable. Down the stretch, the Comets did a poor job attacking Minnesota's zone defense as well as allowing Lynx rookie Nicky Anosike to dominate them on offense. Anosike scored 12 of her 20 points down the stretch and in the overtime period.

Lastly, the Comets do indeed have a radio station to air their games.

What? You didn't know?

Very few fans know; and, that's a BIG problem.

The Comets reached a deal to have their ball games broadcast on 1070 AM (KNTH). Craig Ackerman calls the action. Sadly, Tuesday night's game was not the first Comets game to air on 1070 this season. Sunday's game in Washington D.C. versus the Washington Mystics was also on 1070.

For some strange reason, the Comets have yet to send a press release announcing the deal with 1070.

After a two game road trip (Friday at Sacramento and Sunday at Seattle), the Comets next home game will be Tuesday, June 3, versus the San Antonio Silver Stars.

I wonder if that game will be "sold out", too.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Comets Home Opener Sold Out

The Houston Comets today announce a sellout of 7,261 tickets in the team’s new home, Reliant Arena, for the home opener on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. against the Minnesota Lynx.

The Houston Comets’ May 27 home opener is “First Fan Night” and promises to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Special events for that night include an unveiling of the team’s four WNBA Championship banners in addition to the retired jerseys of two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Cynthia Cooper and Kim Perrot, whose jersey is the first-ever retired by the league.

WNBA President Donna Orender is scheduled to attend the game and, during a halftime presentation, honor the first fans to enter the arena that night.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hilton and the W

UPDATED, 5/22/08, 10:12 am (CDT) --
The WNBA has been contacted about the rumor mentioned below; however, a league rep stated the rumor was news to them.

I know I haven't written much about the Comets for about a month; but, that's simply because I've been working a contract assignment for a while (gotta pay the bills).

I also know the Houston Chronicle has not provided a lot of Comets coverage over that time span either. (That should change for the better in a few days.)

Earlier this week I was told the WNBA would possibly assume ownership of the Houston Comets from Hilton Koch this season because the league is not happy with how the Comets are currently operating under Mr. Koch.

Well, lo and behold, similar news was mentioned as part of a message board
thread I created on Rebkell (a HUGELY popular message board for women's basketball fans) by "BobScoutingReport":

Rumor has it that the league office is very upset with Mr. Koch's handling of the Comets. If things don't change pretty quickly, I would not be surprised if the league stepped in and took over the Comets for the remainder of this season. Note there was significant league involvement with the Comets day to day operation last year. I expect the Comets will have new ownership by next year or be contracted out of existence. I don't know the particulars but it seems the league office would rather contract one year and expand the next rather than just moving a franchise to another city. My guess is the league comes out significantly ahead financially by the contract/expand method. Otherwise it makes no sense!

I was able to get in touch with Hilton Koch this morning; and, he flatly refuted the negative news.

"News to me," Koch replied. "Not much time for negative. Just sold out Game 1 and on the way to a 50 percent increase in Corporate Partners. Oh, and just signed the most favorable radio deal in the WNBA."

The radio deal is expected to be announced within the next few days.
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