Their 16-year broadcast run will come to an end at the conclusion of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens. NBC will bring the curtain down on their coverage of the NHL at the conclusion of the series, officially handing the coverage keys over to ESPN.
Is NBC losing the NHL?
The NHL will no longer be on NBC. … NBC is in the final season of a 10-year contract worth $2 billion. As part of the NHL’s current TV deal, NBC had the right to negotiate first with the NHL on a new national television package. The network previously announced plans to shut down NBC Sports Network by the end of 2021.
Why did NBC cancel NHL?
Sports Business Journal reported Monday that NBC has exited the bidding for the NHL’s remaining media rights after putting forward a $100 million/year bid that was “well below” the league’s desired figure.
Who is replacing NBC for NHL?
NHL’s new TV rights, explained: What to know as ESPN, TNT replace NBC in USA. The NHL’s TV rights are shifting. After more than 15 years with NBC, the league’s national rights are heading to a new home — homes — for the 2021-22 season and beyond.
Is NHL Network going away?
After an absence of 16 years, the National Hockey League is returning to ESPN. The Walt Disney Company, which owns ESPN and ABC, announced Wednesday that it had signed a seven-year rights agreement with the N.H.L. that will begin with the 2021-22 season.
What network is taking over NHL?
The NHL’s new seven-year agreement with AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is worth over $1 billion. Turner Sports will broadcast three Stanley Cups and the Winter Classic.
What network is covering the NHL in 2022?
ESPN and Turner Sports will split the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with half of the first-round and second-round games being shown on the two networks. Each network will show a conference final and the 2022 Stanley Cup Final will be on ABC/ESPN.
Who will announce hockey on ESPN?
Sean McDonough will be ESPN’s top play-by-play announcer. Steve Levy will also have a heavy play-by-play presence, along with Bob Wischusen. That trio also have football responsibilities when the sports overlap (Levy on Monday Night Football, McDonough and Wischusen on college games).
What is happening to NHL Network?
For the first time in 16 years, the NHL will no longer have a home on NBC or its subsidiaries. When the 2021-22 NHL season begins in mid-October, the national broadcast of hockey games will now be handled by ESPN and Turner Sports. It’s a big change for hockey fans after having NBC broadcasts since 2005.
Is the NHL moving to ESPN?
NHL started its $1 billion deal with ESPN and Turner Sports – here’s how many people watched the season openers. The NHL opened its 2021-22 season this week, returning to ESPN with a doubleheader that averaged 884,000 viewers.