After some big news from Sirius as of late, namely the signing of Howard Stern, XM now has their own big news to brag on. The company, which is the nation's largest satellite radio provider with over 2.5 million subscribers, has just inked a deal with Major League Baseball. The 11-year, $650 million agreement will enable XM to broadcast games of every MLB team nationwide beginning with the 2005 regular season. Under the terms of the agreement, XM will also become the "official" satellite radio network of MLB, which gives them the rights to use the MLB logo and the logos of all 30 teams.
In addition to broadcasting live games, XM will launch a Major League Baseball channel that will feature original content and classic MLB game broadcasts.
"This agreement between Major League Baseball and XM Satellite Radio is a significant step forward in providing baseball fans greater access to more games in more locations," said Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. "This is a wonderful opportunity for Major League Baseball given XM's ever-increasing national availability. Our fans will be able to listen to the local broadcasts of their favorite teams from anywhere in the country. This partnership will add to the continuing growth and popularity of our game. It is a further example of the renaissance that exists in baseball today."