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Turner Sports And The NHL Are Now Broadcast Partners

via the NHL PR department,

TNT to Crown Champion with Stanley Cup Final and Extensive Stanley Cup Playoffs Coverage; Rights to Up to 72 Exclusive Live Regular Season Games, Including NHL Winter Classic Each Season

Comprehensive Agreement Also Highlighted by Live Streaming Rights; Expansive Digital and Highlight Rights for Bleacher Report and More

Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, and the National Hockey League have reached a multi-faceted, seven-year agreement set to begin with the 2021-22 season, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. This historic multimedia rights agreement will bring the Stanley Cup Final and Stanley Cup Playoffs to TNT and TBS for the first time, along with providing Turner Sports rights to up to 72 regular season games and the NHL Winter Classic each season.

The multi-year agreement is highlighted by TNT crowning a champion through its exclusive live coverage of the Stanley Cup Final in three of the seven years; half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each year (half of the Conference Finals, First and Second Round games); and rights to up to 72 exclusive national regular season games each season. Additionally, TNT will exclusively present the NHL Winter Classic each year, among other live events. Live game and studio coverage details, along with programming plans, will be announced in the months ahead.

 

“This agreement with the National Hockey League brings one of the most prestigious championships in sports to TNT and fuels our entire Turner Sports and Bleacher Report portfolio with even more premium content for many years to come,” said Zucker. “We’re delighted to spotlight the world’s best hockey league on our leading networks, while continuing to further elevate this marquee property through an ever-expanding array of digital platforms in the years to come.”

 

“Turner Sports is known for its outstanding sports coverage, quality and innovation and we are thrilled that this new partnership will provide our fans with the content they love on the platforms and devices of their choice,” said Commissioner Bettman. “TNT is a proven and acclaimed destination for sports fans and we will also benefit from the deep connection Bleacher Report has with young digital-savvy fans. Having WarnerMedia join the NHL family as co-rightsholders for the next seven years gives us incredible reach, positions us well for the future as the media landscape continues to evolve, and will fuel continued growth for the NHL and our Clubs.”

 

The multimedia agreement between Turner Sports and the National Hockey League includes live streaming and digital rights across WarnerMedia – including HBO Max – and a wide spectrum of screens and platforms such as mobile, web, tablets and connected devices.

 

Digital Innovation:

 

  • Live streaming and simulcast rights for HBO Max;

 

  • Turner Sports will have TV Everywhere rights that will allow its networks to make its NHL games and related programming available to authenticated subscribers across all WarnerMedia platforms;

 

  • Expansive digital and highlight rights for Bleacher Report;

 

  • Through its transformative partnership with the NHL, Turner Sports and Bleacher Report will have the ability to create ancillary programming, events and bespoke digital experiences for the next generation of hockey fans.

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Paul's avatar

via John Ourand tweets,

NBC Sports spokesman: “Our partnership with the NHL will end at the conclusion of the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, which we will present with the same excitement and professionalism that fans have come to expect since the 2005-06 season…

.We thank the league, its players, coaches and fans for their friendship, cooperation, and viewership, and we wish the league continued success…

We also thank all of our colleagues at NBC Sports who through a passion for the game and their tireless efforts helped the league achieve unprecedented growth over the last 16 years.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/27/21 at 11:47 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

The following information is from a AP story I read on the Sportsnet NHL page:

...When the Stanley Cup Finals are shown on Turner in 2023, it will mark the first time since 1994 they will be only on cable....

Uncertain how accurate that statement is, but if true, I will be relying solely on the CBC over the Air brodcast to watch the playoffs going forward.

Reminds of the NHL decision to award their TV contract back in the 1980’s to “Sportsnet America”, a cable channel that was only available to about 20 million Americans (mainly in the NY/NJ region)....

shut eye

Posted by Down River Dan on 04/27/21 at 01:23 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from Stephen Battaglio of the LA Times,

Turner Sports has landed a seven-year TV and streaming pact with the National Hockey League that will give its networks three Stanley Cup finals and the annual Winter Classic.

The NHL and WarnerMedia unit announced the deal Tuesday. The move further transforms Turner’s TNT and TBS cable channels into a significant destination for live sports, as it already carries games from Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Assn. and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The deal also gives Turner the option to put NHL contests on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max streaming service.

Turner outbid NBCUniversal, which has carried the NHL since 2005, offering to pay around $225 million per season for half of the NHL’s national TV package. Walt Disney Co.‘s ESPN has the other half, paying $400 million for a package including four Stanley Cup finals and exclusive games for its streaming service ESPN+. Both companies will have the exclusive rights to telecast regular-season and playoff games starting next season.

The pact means more NHL games will be available on streaming platforms. Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports, said the company will put NHL contests on the company’s HBO Max service at some point during the contract, but did not specify any timetable.

“That will happen in the years to come as HBO Max continues to grow and becomes a bigger home of these kind of events,” Zucker said in a media call. “We want to be where the consumer is.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/27/21 at 02:34 PM ET

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