Today the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced a landmark ten-year television and media rights deal. NBC Sports will retain exclusive network coverage, and Versus will retain exclusive cable coverage, of national distribution of NHL games throughout the US.
The expanded partnership, under which NBC remains the exclusive network home and VERSUS the exclusive cable home of the NHL in the U.S., is highlighted by the first-ever national distribution of all Stanley Cup Playoffs contests, including, for the first time, exclusive coverage starting with the Conference Semifinals. The agreement also calls for the NBC Sports Group to televise 100 regular season games per year and introduces a national NBC broadcast on Thanksgiving Friday.
Financial terms were not mentioned in either article but according to the Sports Business Journal Daily, the 10-year deal is reported to be $2B.
More on the deal and its impact specific to the Carolina Hurricanes as the news develops.