NBC Sports, which has been the NHL’s sole national rights holder for the entirety of the Ovechkin/Crosby Era (2004–present), is getting out of the hockey business.
Driving the news: Starting next season, all nationally-televised NHL games will be broadcast by ESPN and Turner Sports.
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ESPN will pay $2.8 billion over seven years for the league’s “A” package, which includes four Stanley Cup Finals. And yes, the theme song is coming back.
Turner will pay $1.57 billion over seven years for the “B” package. Games will be televised on TNT and TBS, and HBO Max will reportedly be included in some capacity.
By the numbers: ESPN and Turner will pay a combined annual average of $625 million, which is more than double the $300 million that NBC and Disney Streaming Services pay under the