Monday, September 12, 2005

NHL Leaves Sirius in 2007
XM will start to air NHL games this year along side Sirius, and in 2007 XM will get NHL as an exclusive, for 10 years with a $100 million price tag... More here on an NHL press page. This could hurt Sirius Canada.. I have been told that Sirius gave up on NHL, after not having luck in the past, Sirius did not like dealing with a sport that has a small fan base in the United States, and a sport that has not had a game in a long time. "The price was not worth it..." ($10 million a year... Sirius did run the price up for XM) The NHL will kick off in Oct after a long strike.. Sirius is the exclusive home of the NFL, and English Soccer. Sirius also has NBA, AFL, College football, and Basketball. Also soon to be the exclusive home of NSCAR.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Thomas Sanders said...

Not sad the NHL is gone. It would be nice if Sirius would use the extra cash to lock up the NBA exclusive. If so I would like to see a NBA channel like the NFL channel. Also, if XM got the NBA that would be a problem. Losing the NHL should not be a big deal for Sirius.

Mon Sep 12, 09:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point that is $10 million to spend on something else NBA would be a big deal I like how Sirius is running the cost up for XM

Mon Sep 12, 09:39:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm bummed... my 2 fav sports are hockey and baseball and now xm has both. sucks, but not enough to leave sirius. i can still pull in both on AM and nhl on AM on a good night.

Tue Sep 13, 03:31:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a horrible move. They have overpaid for so much, and then to cheapen out on keeping hockey especially when they are trying to enter the Canadian market is downright stupid. Yes, I am a hockey fan. It was one of the major reasons I went with Sirius instead of XM. I couldn't give a crap about NASCAR or the NBA, so it looks like I'm out of luck, and eventually an ex-sub.

Wed Sep 14, 09:07:00 AM EDT  

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