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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Houston AstrosOverall: 57 Title track: 73 Ownership: 62 Coaching: 70 Players: 36 Fan relations: 58 Affordability: 57 Stadium experience: 57 Bang for the buck: 77 Change from last year: +11The Astros are up 11 spots from last year, and rightfully so, given their 2015 postseason berth and comeback after a sluggish start to 2016. They have management committed to its plan and multiple superstars (with potentially more to come) to make that plan work at a high level of effectiveness.Whats goodThe Astros have talent in good amounts. This is not the teardown team of a few years ago. The highlight for fans is the 36th-ranked roster: Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve are the Astros version of Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. In 2017, you might find yourself arguing which of Correa or Altuve is more MVP-worthy. After an awful start, Alex Bregman showed flashes of greatness in making the transition to third base. He was Keith Laws No. 1 midseason prospect, so theres a lot of hope and anticipation regarding his, and thus the Astros, future.Whats badAfter a postseason berth in 2015, there were high hopes for 2016, but this seasons squad didnt quite live up to expectations (and couldnt help a 73rd-ranked title track, one of Houstons poorest showings). Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh were unable to replicate their 2015 performances, and the teams best pitcher, Lance McCullers, made it through only 14 starts. Starting pitching would figure to be a priority moving forward. Fans also clearly expect more from manager A.J. Hinch, who fell 19 spots to 70th overall.Whats newWhats new is that we live in a world in which the Astros are highly regarded -- and relevant. 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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are shifting their arena naming rights from Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena.The move comes as Pittsburgh-based PPG increases its efforts in the retail paint business and Consol, based in suburban Cecil Township, has struggled with financial losses while transitioning from a coal-based firm to one fueled by the future of natural gas.Its a great opportunity for PPG and its a great opportunity for the Penguins, team president David Morehouse said at a news conference Tuesday. Its not going to be just a name on the building.Morehouse and Bryan Iams, PPGs vice president of corporate and government affairs, said the team and worldwide coatings company plan cross-promotions to boost both brands, as well as the profile of both in the community.What you may see is a little more of a fan interaction because of the retail component of their business, Morehouse said.Iams said the company sees a significant opportunity from a growth standpoint. A great opportunity to increase sales in all our stores. The naming rights deal also boosts the companys profile in the Pittsburgh region where 2,500 of its 46,000 worldwide employees are based.Consol became a major Penguins sponsor before they won the Stanley Cup in 2009, while still playing in the since-razed Civic Arena across the street. The energy company signed on as the new arenas title sponsor before it opened in 2010. The 21-year deal was estimated to be worth about $105 million, though the terms were never formally disclosed, nor were those of the new deal.Consol wasnt represented at the news conference, but its president and CEO, Nick DeIuliis, issued a statement, saying the commpanys mission back then was to catapult the region to new heights by catalyzing the creation of a venue to benefit the entire tristate community.dddddddddddd We also wanted to keep a hockey team in our region, he said, referring to the public-private partnership that funded the arena and prevented the Penguins from moving.Ron Dick, an associate professor of sports marketing at nearby Duquesne University, said the deal makes sense for all involved.There are 14 years or so left on this deal, and compared to other buildings nationally, the $100 million or so price tag is pretty low, Dick said. Pittsburgh is pretty price-sensitive. 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