The relevant quote:
"Never, though, underestimate the power and influence of TV suits in these deals.
"So the suits did what suits do, gently (sternly?) pushing everyone toward the team from the most populous city in Texas.
"‘The reality of it is, ESPN played a key role in helping secure Houston,’ said Saccenti, 41.
“‘It’s ABC, Houston is a huge television market, we should pull a pretty good number and it’s an attractive matchup.’"