By Gregg Ellis
The Southeastern Conference and XM satellite radio have a reached a five-year broadcast and marketing agreement allowing XM to become the official satellite radio provider of the SEC.
The agreement includes broadcasting rights for football, basketball, as well as this week’s SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament live from the Georgia Dome on XM channel 201.
XM will have the most SEC games on the radio with Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee starting this fall with football.
South Carolina will join XM in fall 2008, followed by the Florida in fall 2009.
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.
XM's commitment to the SEC gives our league a tremendous boost in our national radio coverage,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “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.”
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