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|Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:40 am Post subject: XM Signs BIG 12
XM Radio To Carry Big 12 Conference Sports Under New Agreement With ESPN Regional Television
With the addition of the Big 12 Conference, XM is now the official satellite radio network for the six BCS conferences in college sports
WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio and ESPN Regional Television today announced XM will carry Big 12 Conference sports under a new, multi-year agreement. With the addition of the Big 12, XM is now the official satellite radio network for all six BCS conferences in college sports.
Starting this fall, XM will air select Big 12 football games each week and the Big 12 football championship. XM will also air select Big 12 men's and women's basketball games, as well as complete coverage of the Big 12 men's and women's basketball tournaments.
"The Big 12 is one of the most exciting and successful conferences in the country," said Eric Logan, executive vice president, programming, XM Satellite Radio. "This agreement with ESPN Regional Television means Big 12 fans across the nation can tune into games on XM radios. When you consider this new partnership with the Big 12, coupled with the five other power conferences, plus our long-term agreement with the Bowl Championship Series, it's clear that XM is the ultimate destination for college sports fans."
XM, the nation's leading provider of satellite radio, is heard across the U.S. by more than 8 million subscribers who listen to XM radios for the car, home, and portable use.
"We are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase the Conference and bring the Big 12 Championships exclusively to the XM Satellite Radio family," said Tim Allen, Big 12 associate commissioner. "We have received a large number of fan inquires over the last few years about placing our championships on XM, and we're thrilled we were finally able to make it happen."
The Big 12 joins the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, and SEC on XM's robust line-up of college sports programming. These six conferences are commonly known as the power conferences in college football and basketball. Today's announcement follows XM's recent agreement with FOX Sports to be the exclusive satellite radio network of the Allstate Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and FedEx Orange Bowl.
XM is the sports leader in satellite radio with more than 5,000 live sporting events in 2007. In addition to college sports, XM airs every Major League Baseball game for every team. XM carries NBA games on ESPN Radio, the National Hockey League, the PGA TOUR, the IndyCar Series, and Spanish play-by- play for baseball, soccer, and other sports. XM is also the leader in sports talk radio with the 24-hour channels XM Sports Nation, MLB Home Plate, Home Ice, ESPN Radio, ESPNews, and Fox Sports Radio.