Major League Baseball Season Opens On XM Satellite Radio With Opening Night On April 2, Opening Day On April 3
XM has every team, all season long; XM coverage of MLB regular season, play-offs, and World Series delivers more than 2,000 games
Washington D.C., March 30, 2006 -- XM Satellite Radio, the official satellite radio network of Major League Baseball, begins comprehensive coverage of the 2006 Major League Baseball season this Sunday, April 2, with Opening Night in Chicago, as the defending World Series champion Chicago White Sox play the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field at 8:05 pm ET (XM channel 180).
Baseball fans across the country can tune into XM Satellite Radio and hear the live White Sox home team radio broadcast from WSCR-Chicago. Veteran radio announcer and former All-Star pitcher Ed Farmer will deliver play-by-play, with former White sox outfielder Chris Singleton providing color commentary.
XM’s 24-hour baseball talk radio channel MLB Home Plate (XM channel 175) will also be on site at U.S. Cellular Field on Opening Night with pre- and post-game interviews and analysis.
A full slate of Opening Day games follows on April 3, starting with the New York Mets hosting the Washington Nationals at Shea Stadium at 1:10 pm ET (XM channel 183). MLB games are carried live on XM channels 176 through 189, with Spanish play-by-play and call-in shows on MLB En Espanol (XM channel 190). The line-up of game broadcasts on XM is available online at http://mlb.xmradio.com.
The newest member of XM’s broadcast family is Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. “Big Papi” will make regular, weekly appearances on both the MLB Home Plate channel and MLB En Espanol on XM starting the week of April 2.
“I’m excited about joining XM Satellite Radio, because this is an amazing opportunity to talk about the game I love - reaching audiences in both English and my own native language of Spanish,” Ortiz said.
2006 marks the second year of an eleven-year broadcast and marketing agreement between Major League Baseball and XM, the official satellite radio network of MLB.
“XM Satellite Radio has become a key partner of Major League Baseball in bringing the game to millions of people across the nation,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “People can hear the local broadcasts of all the teams on XM from anywhere in the country. The popularity of baseball on XM Radio is further evidence of the continuing growth and development of the game.”
“Major League Baseball is the premier radio sport, and with XM, you can hear every team, all season long, from the first pitch on Opening Night to the final play of the World Series,” said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming, XM Satellite Radio. “Baseball fans have grown up listening to games on the radio, and now we can hear games from all across the country on XM radios, whether we’re in the car, at home, or at the ballpark. MLB is a huge hit on XM, and that has helped make us the number-one satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers.”
About XM Satellite Radio
XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America’s number one satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM’s 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music, premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Suzuki, Subaru, and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio’s service, the Company’s dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-3-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio’s Investor Relations Department.
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