Turner Sports Struck Seven Year NHL Deal Starting 2021-22 Season
Turner Sports has signed a seven-year rights agreement NHL deal starting 2021-22 season.
Turner Sports NHL deal includes three Stanley Cup Final and the Winter Classic, ends the NHL’s 16-year relationship with NBC Sports. ESPN already signed NHL ESPN TV Deal as primary holder starting with the 2021-22 season.
Turner Sports NHL deal will allow Turner Sports to broadcast up to 72 regular-season games and half of the first three Stanley Cup playoffs rounds each season.
The Stanley Cup Final will be presented on TNT in the years in which Turner Sports carries it, marking the first time the championship round will be broadcast exclusively on cable.
The Stanley Cup Final will appear on ABC in the years in which ESPN broadcast it. This deal will also allow HBO Max livestreaming and simulcast rights.
There is a clause in the deal ‘TV Everywhere’ for Turner Sports allowing ‘NHL games’ and related programming available to its subscribers across all WarnerMedia platforms.
Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports said “There’s been no decision made on which day the NHL would air on Turner Sports networks, which already have Major League Baseball on TBS and the NBA and All-Elite Wrestling claiming nights on TNT. Turner Sports also has a portion of the rights for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said “Despite a lot of speculation to the contrary, we part friends, each understanding why we made the decisions that we both made to reach this point.”
Jeff Zucker added “We have the ability to put games there, but the initial focus will be on the Turner networks, as the consumers continue to skate to where the puck is, we will be there. But it’s not imminent and it’s not going to happen this year.”