XM Satellite Radio To Broadcast Fifaģ World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer Team Draw Live On December 9
U.S. Soccer Great Alexi Lalas and Legendary Soccer Commentator Andres Cantor to Host XMís Exclusive Satellite Radio Coverage in English and Spanish
Washington D.C., December 07, 2005 -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nationís leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, announced today that it will broadcast the FIFAģ World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer team draw live from Germany on Friday, December 9. XMís coverage of the World Cup draw will air in English on XM LIVE (XM Channel 200) at 2:30 p.m. ET, with repeat broadcasts through out the day. XM also will broadcast Spanish-language coverage of the World Cup draw, hosted by legendary soccer commentator and XM on-air personality, on XMís 24-hour Spanish-language sports channel XM Deportivo (XM Channel 147) at 2:30 p.m. ET.
U.S. soccer veteran Alexi Lalas will join the XM team during the World Cup selection to provide commentary throughout the broadcast. A former soccer defender, Lalas became one of the most famous soccer players in the United States after his play in the 1994 World Cup. A global soccer veteran, Lalas has played soccer professionally around the world and in U.S. with various Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. He is currently the President and GM of the MetroStars of MLS.
As the official satellite radio network for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Soccer tournament, XM has rights to broadcast play-by-play of all 64 tournament matches in both English and Spanish. The Spanish play-by-play coverage will be featured on XM Deportivo. The English-language coverage of World Cup matches will air on a separate channel.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM is Americaís number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XMís 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, childrenís and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XMís 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 Radioís service, the Companyís 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.ís Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-7-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radioís Investor Relations Department.
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