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Goodbye NBC Sports Group

from John Ourand and Mark J. Burns of Sports Business Journal,

NBC has officially pulled out of the bidding for the NHL’s second TV package, according to U.S. and Canadian sources. Next season will now mark the first time since the '05-06 campaign that the network will not carry any NHL games. NBC would not comment on this story.

continued, the article is supposed to be free to read but at this point it is not, I will keep an eye on it.

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Paul's avatar

During Saturday Headlines, Chris Johnston mentioned Fox/Sports is the front runner to replace NBC.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/26/21 at 12:20 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Bob McKenzie tweet,

Not official by any means but I’m hearing NHL’s new (secondary) broadcast partner is likely to be @tntdrama, which of course produces @NBAonTNT et al. @espn is NHL’s primary broadcast partner.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/26/21 at 12:24 PM ET

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from Mollie Walker of the New York Post, (make sure to read the link to Andrew Marchand’s tweets in the post for more information),

After reaching a historic seven-year deal with the Walt Disney Company and ESPN last month, the NHL’s new secondary broadcast partner is expected to be TNT, The Post’s Andrew Marchand confirmed.

Turner will be getting rights to some Stanley Cup Finals as part of the deal.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL will conduct a Board of Governors call later Monday to update the upcoming US TV picture. Four of the next seven Stanley Cups will be on ESPN, with the other three on Turner, per Friedman.

If the deal with TNT is finalized, next season will mark the first time since the 2005-06 season that NBC will not carry NHL games. The network reportedly pulled out of the bidding for the league’s second TV package.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/26/21 at 02:19 PM ET

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But without NBC & Pierre McGuire, who will do all those uncomfortable, unnecessary, and uninformative in game coaches interviews…...

...TNT…..Maybe Charles Barkley will replace Pierre..???


Posted by Down River Dan on 04/26/21 at 02:50 PM ET

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Well, that’ll be…interesting.  I’d imagine less access to easily watching games for me.  I don’t even know if I have TNT; I don’t think I do.  The one benefit to NBC having it was the games on NBC and NBCSN which were both pretty easy to come by.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/26/21 at 03:16 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Damn, no more playoff games on the Golf Channel?

Hope whoever picks it up will hire Kathryn Tappen, tho.

Posted by Steeb on 04/26/21 at 04:31 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I’ll miss Liam McCue.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 04/26/21 at 09:55 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Sounds good. No Penguin lover Pierre McGuire, or Eddie Olsuck. rolleyes

Posted by bigfrog on 04/26/21 at 10:15 PM ET

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