Turner Sports, NHL announce 7-year rights deal

Aug 12, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; General view of American flag and NHL logo prior to the game between the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks in game one of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Turner Sports and the NHL on Tuesday announced a seven-year rights deal that begins in 2021-22 and will include three Stanley Cup Finals.

The deal is worth $225 million annually.

The secondary TV package will run through 2027-28. Last month, the NHL announced an agreement to make ESPN the new primary rights-holder, giving ESPN and ABC broadcast rights to four Stanley Cups.

NBC, which pulled out of negotiations to remain partners with the league, had been the NHL’s exclusive U.S. TV rights partner since 2005.

Turner’s networks will televise the NHL Winter Classic in all seven seasons of the deal. Turner will show all games in the Stanley Cup Final in 2023, 2025 and 2027, one conference final series each season and half of the first two rounds of the playoffs along with 72 regular-season games per season.

“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,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “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.”

The Stanley Cup Final will be on ABC in 2022, 2024, 2026 and 2028 as part of the deal with the Walt Disney Co. and ESPN. They have the rights to televise one conference final round per season, half of the first two rounds of the playoffs, 25 regular-season games on ABC or ESPN, and 75 additional national games that will stream on ESPN+ and Hulu.

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–Field Level Media