XM to announce Major League Baseball deal

Howard Glazer hmglaz@webtv.net
Wed Oct 20 02:48:17 EDT 2004

Yahoo News, PR Newswire and several other sources are reporting that
Major League Baseball and XM Satellite Radio have agreed on an 11-year,
$650 million deal. Initial reports had the contract starting in 2006,
but more recent articles have it starting next season. A news conference
is scheduled for later this morning.

I wonder if all flagship stations will have to provide their feeds to
this new service. I'm thinking, of course, of the Sox' WEEI, which has
aired owner Entercom's pseudo-man-on-the-street anti-satellite radio ad
many times. Viacom refused to supply WBCN and WFAN feeds to NFL.com for
Webcasting. Will similar resistance be encountered -- or permitted -- on
satellite radio?


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