Turner Sports is the surprise winner of the second television package of the National Hockey League.
The two sides have agreed to a seven-year contract that includes three Stanley Cup finals, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract was not finalized.
Turner Sports and the NHL had no immediate comment on the deal, which went to report first Sports Business Journal.
Agreement with Turner will the NHL two network partners for the first time the United States after the 1998-99 US. The league signed an agreement with Walt Disney Corp last month that includes four Stanley Cup finals, 25 regular-season games on ESPN and ABC, the NHL All-Star Game and extensive streaming rights.
The NHL received $ 350 million in broadcast revenue this season from NBC ($ 250 million) and Disney Streaming Services ($ 100 million for digital rights). Upcoming rates average $ 635 million will be per year (US $ 225 million from $ 410 million and Turner Disney).
This marks the first time since Turner aired the Atlanta Flames game in the late 1970s, which would broadcast cable veteran hockey. It gives its second championship property Turner (it optional with the last four CBS men). It empowers Turner for three of the four major North American sports; NBA play is on TNT while baseball is on TBS.
When transmitted over the Stanley Cup finals Turner in 2023, it will mark the first time since 1994 that they will only cable. Turner will broadcast a conference final series with regular-season games, playoff games in the first and second rounds.
NBC’s Race to the agreement covering it also means that the league will expire after the playoffs this season. NBC has aired the games since 2005 and is in the final season of a 10-year contract.
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