Entertainment NHL reaches 7-year deal with Turner Sports, ending NBC run
NHL postpones Canucks' next three games due to COVID
The NHL has postponed three more games for the Vancouver Canucks, shutting them down through April 6 after Travis Hamonic was added to the COVID protocol on Thursday. Hamonic joined Adam Gaudette, who has tested positive for coronavirus and a member of the team’s coaching staff. © Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports The NHL has shut down the Canucks through April 6. The league is hoping that the Canucks will be able to play on April 8 against the Calgary Flames, but games against the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets in the coming days will have to be pushed. All practices have also been canceled for the time being.
The National Hockey League is coming to TNT.
The league and Turner Sports on Tuesday announced a seven-year agreement that begins next season.
The deal means NBC’s run of covering the league ends after after this season’s playoffs. NBC has broadcast games since 2005 and is in the final season of a 10-year contract.
When the Stanley Cup Finals are shown on Turner in 2023, it will mark the first time since 1994 they will be only on cable.
The TNT arrangement includes three Stanley Cup Finals, up to 72 regular-season games, half of the first- and second-round playoff games on TNT and TBS as well as a conference final series. One of the regular-season games will be the NHL Winter Classic, which is played on New Year's Day.
NHL postpones Wednesday's Calgary-Vancouver game
The NHL has decided to ere on the side of caution as a result of Adam Gaudette’s positive COVID-19 test. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that tonight’s game between the Canucks and Flames has been postponed. TSN’s Frank Seravalli tweets that the decision was made after more information has surfaced regarding Vancouver’s test results; that information obviously has not yet been made public.
It also includes live streaming and digital rights across WarnerMedia properties, including HBO Max and Bleacher Report.
“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 in a statement. “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 agreement with Turner will give the NHL two network partners in the United States for the first time since 1998-99.
The league reached an agreement with Walt Disney Corp. last month that includes four Stanley Cup Finals, 25 regular-season games on ESPN and ABC, the NHL All-Star game and comprehensive streaming rights.
Sophie Turner Shares Never-Before-Seen Wedding Photos to Celebrate 2nd Anniversary of Vegas Nuptials
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas had an intimate 2019 wedding in Las Vegas before saying "I do" again later the same year in FranceOn Saturday, the Game of Thrones actress, 25, shared a series of throwback photos in honor of the two-year anniversary of their intimate Las Vegas wedding.
WarnerMedia News & Sports Chairman Jeff Zucker said the agreement "brings one of the most prestigious championships in sports to TNT and fuels our entire Turner Sports and Bleacher Report portfolio with even more premium content for many years to come.”
The NHL received $350 million in broadcast revenue from NBC ($250 million) and Disney Streaming Services ($100 million for digital rights) this season. The upcoming deals will average $635 million a year ($410 million from Disney and $225 million from Turner).
It marks the first time since Turner broadcast Atlanta Flames games in the late 1970's that the cable giant will air hockey. It also gives Turner its second championship property (it alternates the men’s Final Four with CBS).
Turner now has the rights to three of the four major North American sports — NBA games are on TNT and baseball is on TBS.
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Trade-deadline primer: Vegas Golden Knights .
While GM Kelly McCrimmon would certainly like to try to add to his roster, the Golden Knights will be hard-pressed to try to do so..Vegas was expected to be a contender this season, and despite some key players missing time due to injury and salary-cap constraints forcing them to play below the minimum number of skaters on multiple occasions, they’ve done just that. They will also be tap-dancing around the salary cap for the rest of the season, so while GM Kelly McCrimmon would certainly like to try to add to his roster, the Golden Knights will be hard-pressed to try to do so. Nevertheless, here is a closer look at their situation.