The NHL and Turner Sports have reached a seven-year rights agreement beginning in the 2021-22 season that includes the Winter Classic and three Stanley Cup Final series.
The deal, worth $225 million annually, ends the NHL’s 16-year relationship with NBC Sports. The league previously signed a seven-year deal that makes ESPN its primary rights holder starting next season.
“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,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said of NBC Sports.
Turner Sports will present up to 72 regular-season games and half of the first three Stanley Cup playoffs rounds each season. The Stanley Cup Final will air on TNT in the years in which Turner Sports carries it, marking the first time the championship round will air exclusively on cable. The Stanley Cup Final will appear on ABC in the years in which ESPN airs it.
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.
As part of the deal, there will be livestreaming and simulcast rights for HBO Max and expansive digital and highlights rights for