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According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the NHL and ESPN have agreed to a seven-year contract for the network to become one of the league’s broadcasting partners beginning in the 2021-22 season. Neither side has yet to confirm the news.
If this is the case, ESPN will earn the broadcast rights for four Stanley Cup Final series between 2022 and 2028 in addition to streaming rights for Disney.
Financial details of the agreement have yet to be released. It is also unknown which other network would split the package with ESPN.
NBC’s contract, which pays $200 million per year for exclusive media rights, will expire after this season. NBCSN will shut down at the conclusion of the 2021 calendar year.
By Harrison Brown