Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/10/05 at 12:50 AM ET
The NHL apparently has landed on his feet regarding a national television deal. According to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the NHL and cable giant Comcast have agreed to a two-year, $100 million deal to televise games beginning this season. The deal reportedly is pending approval by the NHL's Board of Governors, a process widely believed to be just a formality. The agreement, which concluded 10 days of negotiations, includes one- and three-year options for Comcast, but the NHL reportedly has the right to end the partnership after the initial two years. The company will be required to air two games per week nationally, presumably on its Outdoor Life Network, according to the Inquirer. Once the deal is approved, the NHL will forward it to ESPN, which elected not to renew its two-year option to televise games in April. ESPN, which had carried the NHL since 1985, reportedly has the right to match any offer. The NHL completed a five-year deal with ESPN worth $600 million. NBC, which inked a two-year deal with the NHL prior to last year's lockout, will air seven regular-season games, six playoff contests and all but the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.via sports ticker
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