No Deal Yet For MLB On Sirius
March 9, 2009 at 5:50 AM (PT)
Spring training and the WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC are underway, but there's no deal yet for SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO subscribers to get MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL broadcasts. MLB is in the midst of an 11-year deal signed with XM SATELLITE RADIO in 2004, and the merger of SIRIUS and XM was widely touted to enable SIRIUS subscribers access to baseball broadcasts, but no deal has been signed and SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL is reporting that MLB wants to maintain XM's exclusivity unless SIRIUS XM can cut a new deal to extend the games to SIRIUS subscribers.
"Discussions are ongoing with MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL and we remain hopeful that we will be able to reach an agreement that will allow SIRIUS subscribers to hear the games," a SIRIUS XM spokesman told SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL.
"As with any partner seeking to amend their deal terms, we would be open to negotiating new terms that were agreeable to both parties," an MLB spokesman told SBJ. "As a practice, we do not discuss details of private negotiations in public."