NBC Pulls Plug On Bid To Keep Carrying NHL Games

NBC has pulled out of bidding for television broadcast rights of NHL games, likely leaving the media rights package to be picked up by Turner Sports. TSN reports that TNT will likely serve as the secondary broadcast partner in the United States.

All of this means that for the first time since the 2005-06 season, NBC will not carry NHL games. 


Elliotte Friedman adds that Turner is expected to receive three of the next seven Stanley Cups:


This means ESPN and Turner now share both the NHL and NBA. The two networks also hold rights to MLB along with Fox. Turner airs its MLB games on TBS, not TNT, the home to Turner's NBA and AEW broadcasts. 

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