On March 10th, the NHL and ESPN agreed on a seven-year deal that will broadcast games on ESPN Networks and ESPN Plus. Although the league signed a deal with ESPN, the contract is non-exclusive and another cable company will get broadcasting rights to the NHL. On Tuesday, the NHL announced that the league signed a deal with Turner Sports to broadcast games on TNT, TBS, and HBO Max.
The contract will start next season and will run through the 2027-28 NHL Season. NBC has been the exclusive home for the NHL in the United States since the 2005-06 Season.
According to the Associated Press, the NHL will be earning $410 million a year from ESPN and $225 million a year from Turner Sports for the broadcasting rights.
With Turning Sports signing a deal with the NHL, the cable company will be the home to the NHL Winter Classic. Along with the Winter Classic, the cable company will be the home for the Stanley Cup Finals in 2023, 2025, and 2027. ESPN and ABC will be the home of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2022, 2024, and 2026.
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