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Old 09-12-2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default XM Grabs NHL From Sirius

Sirius had been the only satellite radio provider that was broadcasting NHL games. Starting with this season, XM will be offering them too. Then in 2007, Sirius will no longer be carrying them. XM will be the only satellite radio company to have the NHL. Very disappointing. This will reportedly cost XM 100 million dollars over 10 years.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050912/d... Press Release
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Old 09-12-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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First off, I thought the NHL was on Sirius, why are they(Xm) announcing a deal for Xm. Mel you dropped the ball.
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Old 09-12-2005, 03:51 PM   #3
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I just read the press release. This is really horrible considering the new Canadian license.
I also didn't realize that the Sirius partnership wasn't exclusive and XM will be able to broadcast some games throughout the duration of the Sirius contract, and then will get all the games after that.

I'm a huge Red Wings fan and I was looking forward to being able to listen for a long time on Sirius. I really don't want to get XM also, especially just for the hockey.
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Old 09-12-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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Very disappointing! who dropped the ball, i mean the puck on this one. especially since most hockey broadcasts on terrestrial stations are on AM (5,000 watters) or less. does anyone think one day both XM and Sirius will be sharing MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL broadcasts? it's ashame that leagues go back and forth between XM and Sirius every year or so. Nascar to Sirius, now NHL to XM. i know it's a free market economy, but it's sucks for us consumers who have to shell out hundreds of dollars to hear our favorite teams. as a friend of mine always say though. . ."What can you say? What can you do?"

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Old 09-12-2005, 04:21 PM   #5
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Ugh! First Air America, then Folktown and now the NHL! I've decided to try out XM now. I've really liked Sirius, but lately things haven't been that good for the things I listen to.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:24 PM   #6
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Though Im extremely disappointed, I think we come out better with Nascar. I dont like it but its more popular than hockey.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:27 PM   #7
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$10M a year for ten years?

Considering how far hockey has to come to even regain the fans it had, much less try to build a fan base (and considering the same leadership that killed last season is still in charge) -- and that it doesn't even take effect for what, two more years? -- this is throwing good money for bad. It's a WAY overpriced deal for an extremely damaged league who doesn't look like they have the leadership to patch themselves up, and a lot of bandwidth to suck up, to boot.

Will it hurt SIRIUS in Canada? How many teams are left in Canada? 'Nuff said.

Note to SIRIUS: lock in the NBA and add an NBA channel now that the NHL will soon be gone. Do that, and this won't even be a blip.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:28 PM   #8
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Too bad -- Hockey is great for Radio -- better than football, plus, the season lasts from October until the end of July.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:46 PM   #9
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does anyone think one day both XM and Sirius will be sharing MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL broadcasts? it's ashame that leagues go back and forth between XM and Sirius every year or so. Nascar to Sirius, now NHL to XM. i know it's a free market economy, but it's sucks for us consumers who have to shell out hundreds of dollars to hear our favorite teams. as a friend of mine always say though. . ."What can you say? What can you do?"

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I fully expect the leagues to split the rights in the future. Think about it. FOX has the NFC (TV)contract, CBS the AFC contract, ESPN Sunday nights, and ABC Monday nights. Next year, FOX and CBS stay the same and NBC gets Sunday nights and ESPN Monday nights. In the future, Sirius will have one conference and XM the other. Same for MLB and the NASCAR contract. THIS IS WHY WE (SPORTS FANS) NEED A DUAL-SERVICE RECEIVER!!! I like the sports both services offer but don't want to purchase two receivers, two boomboxes, two car kits, two home kits, and etc.
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Though Im extremely disappointed, I think we come out better with Nascar. I dont like it but its more popular than hockey.
Initially, my reaction was the same; NASCAR along with NHL, etc., demonstrated SIRI's sports dominance. Now IMO, until NASCAR comes both SATRAD's are par.

I hope that SIRI has signed (Oprah, xxxx) or is working on something bigger/better with all of the deletions and silence. :\
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Sirius is once again dropping the ball in my court with sports. How do you give up the NHL it is a great radio sport. Sirius is going down down down down quickly. They need something to pick it up.
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Sirius better hold on to the NBA!

By the way - will the NHL count as one of the 10% Canadian content requirements when sat rad expands to Canada?

From XM's Press:
In addition to providing live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 games per season, XM will create a dedicated NHL radio channel featuring original programming that will focus on all aspects of the sport. NHL games and the NHL channel will be available in Canada through XM's partner, Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR), which is funding a portion of the agreement. CSR has been awarded a license to distribute satellite radio in Canada, as recently approved by the Federal Cabinet.
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By the way - will the NHL count as one of the 10% Canadian content requirements when sat rad expands to Canada?

From XM's Press:
In addition to providing live play-by-play coverage of more than 1,000 games per season, XM will create a dedicated NHL radio channel featuring original programming that will focus on all aspects of the sport. NHL games and the NHL channel will be available in Canada through XM's partner, Canadian Satellite Radio (CSR), which is funding a portion of the agreement. CSR has been awarded a license to distribute satellite radio in Canada, as recently approved by the Federal Cabinet.
I would assume so.. I would also assume that there would be some games broadcast in french...
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I am not happy about this it all. I was waiting for hockey to come back 'cause I knew that I'd be able to listen to the Flyers. I live 2.5 hrs. from Philly and can't get their local Sports Talk, but at least I will be able to listen to 610 WIP on the internet, one more reason to turn off Sirius.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:48 PM   #15
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...THIS IS WHY WE (SPORTS FANS) NEED A DUAL-SERVICE RECEIVER!!!...
This is why we need something done with these "exclusive" partnerships. On terrestrial radio, you can get games and races on radio stations owned by different companies. IMHO, nether Sirius or XM should be the "exclusive" of anything. The should just pay the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR the rights to broadcast, just like any other radio station would.

I hate to see the NHL leave Sirius, but my XM subscription will end on Nov. 20, 2006. Now I know what those filthy bastards at XM have done with all the money they saved by not renewing NASCAR.

Nothing pushes my button more then the loyalty that XM has for it's NASCAR fans. Thousands of truckers/NASCAR fans helped make XM what it is. Buying their equipment and telling others about it. And this is how XM shows it's appreciation. So much for corporate loyalties.
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