Zachary Levine has a great article about Jim Crane that came out of a meeting between him and an editorial board with the Houston Chronicle.
In it, we learn that talks haven't completely ended, but that the move to the American League has become more prominent. What's interesting is that Crane isn't opposing the move entirely, he's just falling back on the justifiable point that his contract did not include the move.
With that point, Crane is basically saying that he's not moving the team without compensation, which means that this deal will get done. It's all about negotiations now, with Crane getting some revenue from it (or possibly support for the RSN based on West Coast games).â†µ
At the same time, it appears that MLB is going to use Crane's background as leverage to make him accept the deal without said incentives. Basically, both sides are negotiating, both sides have points in their favor and we'll have to wait until closer to the deadline to see if it happens.â†µ
Weirdly, this article is the first time I've been positive that Crane can get this done and be named the new owner by the deadline.â†µ