Turner Sports activities is the shock winner of the Nationwide Hockey League’s second tv package deal.
The 2 sides have agreed on a seven-year contract that features three Stanley Cup Finals, two folks accustomed to the deal informed The Related Press. The folks spoke on situation of anonymity Monday as a result of the contract had not been finalized.
Turner Sports activities and the NHL had no rapid touch upon the deal, which was first reported by Sports activities Enterprise Journal.
The settlement with Turner will give the NHL two community companions in america for the primary time since 1998-99. The league reached settlement with Walt Disney Corp. final month that features 4 Stanley Cup Finals, 25 regular-season video games on ESPN and ABC, the NHL All-Star sport and complete streaming rights.
The NHL acquired $350 million in broadcast income from NBC ($250 million) and Disney Streaming Providers ($100 million for digital rights) this season. The upcoming offers will common $635 million per yr ($410 million from Disney and $225 million from Turner).
It marks the primary time since Turner aired Atlanta Flames video games within the late 1970’s that the cable big will air hockey. It additionally provides Turner its second championship property (it alternates the lads’s Last 4 with CBS). It additionally provides Turner the rights to 3 of the 4 main North American sports activities; NBA video games air on TNT whereas baseball is on TBS.
When the Stanley Cup Finals air on Turner in 2023, it is going to mark the primary time since 1994 that they are going to be solely on cable. Turner may also air regular-season video games, half of the first- and second-round playoff video games in addition to a convention last collection.
The settlement additionally means NBC’s run of protecting the league will finish after this season’s playoffs. NBC has aired video games since 2005 and is within the last season of a 10-year contract.
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