Reports are hitting the internet this morning that National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman and NBC have a major announcement planned for 1p.m. EST today to announce the new television broadcast rights for the NHL.
The same sources (everything from TSN to Newspaper staff to Greg Wyshynski from Yahoo! Sports Puck Daddy) the deal is looking to be a long term deal.
To those of you that do not like the NHL on NBC / Versus broadcast…. You are going to have to get use to it as it is looking like for the next decade they hold the broadcast rights for the NHL.
Rumored contract agreement looks to be a ten-year contract for a reported $200 million per year. Currently Versus is only paying $80 million a year.
Is it safe to speculate with the increased revenue coverage will change? Sure it is. How will it change? Not sure. I think it is safe to say the NHL and NBC will keep their partnership for the Bridgestone sponsored Winter Classic every January first.
One thing that Nate Ewell formerly Public Relations for the Washington Capitals, currently with College Hockey Inc. pointed out is that hopefully this partnership with the NHL and NBC will see the NHL’s participation with the Winter Olympics continue into the 2014 games in Sochi (Russia).
Please share with us here at The Hockey Writers on what are your thoughts on the rumored contract? I will update as more information becomes available.