NHL Reaches New Deal to Stay on NBC, Versus

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is staying on NBC and Versus for the next 10 years with a deal Commissioner Gary Bettman calls the most significant in league history.

In a joint announcement Tuesday, the NHL and the NBC Sports Group said the new deal will run through the 2020-21 season. The package is reportedly worth a total of $2 billion.

NBC will remain the exclusive network home for the NHL, and Versus is retaining the major cable rights. The NHL had drawn interest from ESPN, Turner and FOX, but decided to stay where it’s been the past six years.

For the first time, all Stanley Cup playoff games will air on one of the NBC Sports Group’s channels. The NBC Sports Group will televise 100 regular-season games per season.

Copyright Associated Press

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