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NBCSN Will Be No Longer By The End Of The Year

from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal,

NBC has told distributors and some sports leagues that it plans to shut down its NBCSN sports channel by the end of the year. NBC’s most recent affiliate deals with Charter and Dish Network do not include carriage for NBCSN beyond this year, sources said. Plus, sports leagues that have deals with NBC were being told of the changes this week.

The move is in line with the current media trend of consolidating cable channels. For NBC, it also is part of a bigger strategy to grow its Peacock streaming service, while, at the same time, bolstering the programming schedule for other NBC channels like USA Network. Bigger properties, like the NHL, NASCAR and EPL, will move to USA Network while keeping some windows on the broadcast channel. Smaller properties, like car shows, dog shows and some motorsports, will have to find new linear TV outlets.

The big question is how a league like the NHL reacts to the shutting down of a network that has carried its games for the past 15 years. The NHL’s deal with NBC ends after this season. The NHL has made it clear that it wants to split its rights between at least two TV outlets. NBC has told the NHL that it would carve out regular windows on its broadcast channel and USA Network, which is in 86.2 million homes, plus Peacock.

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TreKronor's avatar

This is just….ugh.  They are picking a bad time (for them) to drop the channel, with the NHL rights available to expire this season.  I wonder if the NHL will indeed put it out for bid rather than exercising their option to give NBC the rights again.

There was a good couple years for streaming, when there were a few providers (Sling, Playstation, ATT) and they had plenty of channels on them.  But now every network seems to want to have their own streaming platform, and they are pulling their channels off other platforms.  $30 here, $5 there, $8 here, $12 there.  I can’t keep track of what I watch on which platforms.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/22/21 at 05:46 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Does this mean that Versus or OLN are back in the mix….???  shut eye  confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/21 at 06:25 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...now every network seems to want to have their own streaming platform…

Posted by TreKronor on 01/22/21 at 04:46 PM ET

The Discovery Channel and HGTV are doing this. They’re taking some of their most popular shows and putting them only on their streaming platform. My response is: “Screw you. I’ll just watch something else.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/22/21 at 07:53 PM ET

nickp91's avatar

USA Network had a lot of sports programming back in the day

Posted by nickp91 on 01/22/21 at 08:35 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I pay $99 for NHL TV, and like 4 times already the games were blacked out for NBCSN exclusives….

Screw the NHL , NBC, Comcast and everybody else….

Where the hell is my transistor radio..!??..

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/22/21 at 08:48 PM ET

Alan's avatar

So… what’s gonna happen to the NHL’s TV rights? ESPN again?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/23/21 at 04:03 AM ET


Most likely NBC bids for rights for NBC, USA Network and the streaming rights for Peacock. NHL might want to sell streaming rights separately from broadcast and cable rights. Sell broadcast and cable rights to company like FOX, FS1, FS2 and sell streaming rights to Netflix. NHL has a lot of options. Better for the fan if they sell the streaming rights to a company that doesn’t require cable or satellite service for streaming.

Posted by Puckbubba on 01/23/21 at 10:55 AM ET

dougie's avatar

My money is on ESPN. Their viewership is down nearly 20%, due to cord cutters., according the The Athletic. They need to make a splash, as they lose access to a lot of college sports content, as conference networks grow.

I bet by next season, I think we are watching a lot of hockey homebased in Bristol. Back in the day, I thought they did a decent job. Except for Barry Melrose.

Posted by dougie on 01/23/21 at 12:07 PM ET

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