The NHL’s TV rights are shifting.
After greater than 15 years with NBC, the league’s nationwide rights are heading to a brand new dwelling — houses — for the 2021-22 season and past. Really, one is an outdated good friend that is come again into the image and the opposite is the house of basketball, school and the professionals.
This is all the things we all know.
What channels are the brand new dwelling for hockey within the U.S.?
In March, it was introduced that the NHL can be returning to Disney’s ESPN for the beginning of subsequent season, kicking off a seven-year deal between the 2 outdated buddies. Video games may also air on ESPN+, the community’s live-streaming service, and ABC.
The deal was for a piece of the rights — not all of them. Although NBC had initially expressed curiosity in retaining some NHL motion, the community reportedly pulled out. On April 27, it was introduced that Turner Sports activities was snagging the remainder of the bundle with TNT being its dwelling for hockey.
“This settlement with the Nationwide Hockey League 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 return,” stated Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia Information & Sports activities.
“We’re delighted to highlight the world’s finest hockey league on our main networks, whereas persevering with to additional elevate this marquee property by way of an ever-expanding array of digital platforms within the years to return.”
According to The Associated Press, Disney is reportedly forking over $410 million a 12 months for the rights, whereas Turner will chip in a further $225 million. It is a appreciable improve from what the league was getting from NBC, which was $250 million.
What number of regular-season video games will likely be on every community?
Per the information launch, ESPN networks will air 25 unique nationwide regular-season video games on ABC or ESPN. They may also stream 75 nationwide regular-season video games per season on ESPN+ and Hulu.
Turner Sports activities will air 72 regular-season video games with streaming throughout WarnerMedia, together with HBO Max.
The place can I watch the Stanley Cup playoffs?
ESPN and TNT will break up the Stanley Cup playoffs’ first three rounds, with 4 of the following seven (starting in 2022) Stanley Cup Finals airing on ABC.
On the Turner Sports activities facet, TNT and TBS will function the house of half of the Stanley Cup playoffs every year and TNT would be the dwelling of three Stanley Cup Finals.
Who will air the Winter Classics, NHL All-Star Video games?
When the offers had been introduced, ESPN famous that the community is not going to solely have protection of opening night time video games however would be the dwelling of NHL All-Star Weekend. TNT may have the Winter Classics which might be usually performed on New 12 months’s Day.
The final Winter Traditional and All-Star Sport had been held in 2020 in Dallas and St. Louis, respectively. The 2021 editions had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who will the studio hosts, analysts and play-by-play individuals be?
Whereas ESPN has hinted that the OG’s — like Linda Cohn, Barry Melrose, John Buccigross and even Mr. Time beyond regulation himself, Steve Levy — could also be concerned within the revamped lineup, nothing is ready in stone.
Clearly, it is very early within the choice making for TNT too, however Twitter positively had its concepts.
I, for one, would like to see Charles Barkley discuss hockey on Contained in the NHL on TNT.
— Julian McKenzie (@jkamckenzie) April 26, 2021