XM Satellite Radio has signed an 11-year, $650 million deal that gives the network rights to broadcast games of every Major League Baseball team nationwide, beginning in the 2005 season.
XMs announcement comes two weeks after rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced a $500 million deal for exclusive rights to broadcast shock jock Howard Stern starting in 2006.
General Motors is a part owner of XM. The automaker makes the service available on more than 50 GM models. XM has more than 2.5 million subscribers who pay $9.99 a month. Sirius has more than 700,000 customers who pay $12.95 a month.
XM broadcasts baseball playoff and World Series games and other selected games on its ESPN radio channel.
Starting in the spring, about 15 XM channels will broadcast Major League Baseball. Some games will be broadcast in Spanish. A dedicated Major League Baseball channel will feature news of the sport, classic games and interviews.