Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
10/21/2004
 
MLB on XM
For several months now, I have been a subscriber to XM Radio, one of the two most prominent satelite radio services on the market (Sirius being the other). It's been a nifty little gadget to have, particularly on road trips. Not only is there a channel for just about any type of music, but there are also feeds of traditional media outlets as well such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, ESPN News, The Discovery Channel, etc.

Recently, Sirius and XM Radio have gotten into a bit of a war over obtaining the rights to sports programming. First, Sirius obtained the rights to broadcast NFL games. XM Radio made a weak counterpunch by obtaining the rights to PAC-10 and Big-10 football games. And today, it was announced that XM Radio made a much better effort in reaching a deal with Major League Baseball:
XM Satellite Radio will carry major league baseball games under a $650 million, 11-year deal...Starting with 2005 preseason play, XM will broadcast every major league game live. Some games will be broadcast in Spanish...XM also said its new Major League Baseball Channel will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The channel will feature new content and rebroadcasts of classic baseball games.
The first question that comes to my mind is, "Will I be able to hear Harry Kalas for all 162?"



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