The NHL will reportedly have a new broadcast partner.
According to Sportsnet, which cited multiple unnamed sources, the league and ESPN have reached a seven-year broadcast deal to televise games in the United States. The deal is set to start next season, per the report.
The expectation is for ESPN to get the rights to broadcast four different Stanley Cup Finals series between 2022 and 2028. According to Sportsnet, there is another company that will split the package with ESPN.
The NHL and ESPN each declined comment when reached by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday evening.
In April 2011, NBC signed a 10-year deal with the NHL in which the network agreed to pay $200 million annually for broadcasting rights. That deal is set to expire at the end of the current season.
Disney, which owns ESPN, is also negotiating a contract for its Monday Night Football package and reportedly pushed back on a 100% price increase.
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