How the NHL’s TV deal with ESPN affects the Leafs

There have been rumblings for the past few weeks that a move could be possible, and it finally came to pass on Tuesday.
No, I am not talking about the Leafs making a trade for Taylor Hall, I am referring to the NHL signing a seven-year TV deal with ESPN beginning in 2021-22.

Sources: ESPN is signing a seven-year deal with the NHL as part of the league’s new U.S. media rights package.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 9, 2021

This will mark the largest sports broadcaster in the United States’ return to covering hockey after last airing games in 2004 (prior to the infamous lockout). According to the official press release, the NHL will also have games aired on ABC, ESPN+, and Hulu although financial terms were not discussed.
With a recent track record of helping increase exposure for some of the other major North American sports, the NHL getting this deal done will do a lot of good for the growth of the game and the salary cap.
Back in 2014, the NBA finalized a $24 billion TV deal with three broadcasters that included ESPN. When it kicked in at the end of the 2015-16 season, the league …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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