SIRIUS XM RADIO TO BROADCAST THE ICC TWENTY20 CRICKET WORLD CUP LIVE NATIONWIDE
SIRIUS and XM subscribers will hear every match beginning with group games June 5
NEW YORK – June 3, 2009 – SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will be the exclusive U.S. radio broadcaster of the 2009 ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, offering both SIRIUS and XM subscribers live coverage of every men’s match from England starting with the group games on June 5 and continuing through to the World Cup Final on June 21.
The group stage kicks off Friday, June 5 at 12:30 pm ET with England v. Netherlands from Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. All broadcasts, provided by Cricket Radio, will air live on SIRIUS channel 113 and XM channel 242. Visit www.sirius.com or www.xmradio.com for future match times and listings.
Select matches will also be available to listeners online through SIRIUS Internet Radio and XM Radio Online, the Internet versions of the SIRIUS and XM radio services, available without the use of a radio to current SIRIUS and XM subscribers, or with the monthly subscription fee of $12.95. Logon to www.sirius.com/sir or www.xmradio.com/xstream.
The ICC World Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, the second ever world event for Twenty20 cricket, will take place in England at Lord’s Cricket Ground, The Oval Cricket Ground and Trent Bridge. A total of 12 national teams from around the globe will compete in four groups with the group stage matches running from June 5 – 10. The eight teams that emerge from the group stage will compete in the “Super Eights” June 11 – 16. The top four teams from the Super Eights will compete in the semifinals June 18 and 19 and the 2009 T20 World Cup champion will be crowned after a one-match final on Sunday, June 21 at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
Reigning 2007 world cup champion India, which won the title with a thrilling victory over Pakistan in the inaugural tournament, returns to defend their title. They will be challenged in the 2009 competition by Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies.
In addition to the men’s matches, SIRIUS XM will also broadcast the women’s semifinal matches on June 18 and 19 and the women’s final on June 21.
“Despite its enormous worldwide following, access to live cricket matches, via TV or radio, has been limited for U.S. based fans,” said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS XM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Now, with SIRIUS or XM, listeners will be able to tune in live to every match from one of the sport’s premier events. The inaugural world cup event was a remarkable success that featured several thrilling finishes. This year we will deliver that excitement to fans from coast to coast.”
“We’re delighted to present with SIRIUS XM Radio the T20 World Cup to millions of U.S. listeners,” said Ajay Sethi, Chairman of the Channel 2 Group Corporation. “This event brings together the finest cricket teams and players from all over the world and promises to produce some of the most thrilling action of the year.”
SIRIUS XM offers an extensive lineup of European sports programming. In addition to the Cricket World Cup, listeners can also hear Formula One™ racing, world class soccer from the English Premier League and Champions League, and World Cup skiing events from around the globe. Visit www.sirius.com and www.xmradio.com for more information.