NHL Exclusive On XM As Of 2007-08; 10-Year, $100 Million Pact Starts This Season

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First, Al MacInnis retires, then Mark Messiernow this. Given that the NHL was one of the reasons our household went with Sirius — we got a lot of use out of it during the playoffs the first year of our subscription — it looks like we’ll be considering a move to XM. (I can excuse a lot of double subscriptions but don’t think this is one.) XM becomes the exclusive home of the NHL in 2007-08 but the deal allows them to start airing hockey this season — which means Sirius no longer is the only NHL game on satellite. XM starts with “sweeping coverage” of opening night Oct. 5. The satcaster will create a dedicated NHL channel; the channel and games will be available in Canada via Canadian Satellite Radio. Not sure what this means to Sirius’ status as “The Official Satellite Radio Sponsor of the NHL.”
The exclusive split as of 2007-08: Sirius will have the NFL and the full-contact sport known as Howard Stern; XM will have MLB and NHL.
Press release.

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