BATON ROUGE -- LSU has joined the Southeastern Conference and XM Satellite Radio in a five-year broadcast and marketing agreement under which XM will become the official satellite radio provider for the SEC, it was announced Tuesday.
XM will broadcast football, basketball and other sports to XM subscribers nationwide and will also provide complete coverage of SEC championships.
XM Radio will carry most SEC games with coast-to-coast live broadcasts of LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee football, basketball, and other sports starting in fall 2007. South Carolina will join XM in fall 2008, followed by Florida in fall 2009. Other SEC schools are currently under contract with other satellite radio providers.
“We are very excited about partnering with XM in bringing LSU and SEC sports to Tiger fans across the country,” said LSU athletic director Skip Bertman. “This agreement gives LSU Athletics tremendous national exposure, and it gives LSU fans the opportunity to follow SEC sports like never before.”
For each school, XM plans to air every regular-season football game, the vast majority of basketball games, and other sports, plus comprehensive coverage of the SEC football and basketball championships.
“The LSU athletic program is consistently one of the very best in the nation, and LSU has loyal fans all across the country,” said Eric Logan, executive vice president, programming, XM Satellite Radio. “Tiger fans can hear LSU games on XM Radio, whether they live in Baton Rouge or a thousand miles away in Brooklyn.”
The SEC announced its affiliation with XM in March, but LSU was engaged in an agreement with another satellite radio provider at that time and could not join the SEC in its initial announcement.
"The Southeastern Conference is pleased to enter into this agreement with XM," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "XM's commitment to the SEC gives our league a tremendous boost in our national radio coverage. Our fans will be able to listen to their favorite schools on a branded SEC channel that will feature programming from our schools and the conference."
In addition to live play-by-play, XM will carry the SEC Football Championship, the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, the SEC Women's Basketball Championship and other SEC sports. XM will also produce programs throughout the week covering the SEC. SEC fans can go to http://xmradio.com/sec for a special offer on XM radios.