NHL reaches 7-year cope with Turner Sports activities, ending NBC run

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The Nationwide Hockey League is coming to TNT.

The league and Turner Sports activities on Tuesday introduced a seven-year settlement that begins subsequent season.

The deal means NBC’s run of overlaying the league ends after after this season’s playoffs. NBC has broadcast video games since 2005 and is within the closing season of a 10-year contract.

When the Stanley Cup Finals are proven on Turner in 2023, it should mark the primary time since 1994 they are going to be solely on cable.

The TNT association contains three Stanley Cup Finals, as much as 72 regular-season video games, half of the first- and second-round playoff video games on TNT and TBS in addition to a convention closing collection. One of many regular-season video games would be the NHL Winter Traditional, which is performed on New 12 months’s Day.

It additionally contains stay streaming and digital rights throughout WarnerMedia properties, together with HBO Max and Bleacher Report.

“This new partnership will present our followers with the content material they love on the platforms and gadgets of their selection,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned in an announcement. “TNT is a confirmed and acclaimed vacation spot for sports activities followers and we can even profit from the deep connection Bleacher Report has with younger digital-savvy followers.”

The settlement with Turner will give the NHL two community companions in the USA for the primary time since 1998-99.

The league reached an 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 recreation and complete streaming rights.

WarnerMedia Information & Sports activities Chairman Jeff Zucker mentioned the settlement “brings probably the most prestigious championships in sports activities to TNT and fuels our complete Turner Sports activities and Bleacher Report portfolio with much more premium content material for a few years to come back.”

The NHL obtained $350 million in broadcast income from NBC ($250 million) and Disney Streaming Companies ($100 million for digital rights) this season. The upcoming offers will common $635 million a 12 months ($410 million from Disney and $225 million from Turner).

It marks the primary time since Turner broadcast Atlanta Flames video games within the late 1970′s that the cable big will air hockey. It additionally offers Turner its second championship property (it alternates the boys’s Closing 4 with CBS).

Turner now has the rights to a few of the 4 main North American sports activities — NBA video games are on TNT and baseball is on TBS.

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