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.
Not official by any means but I’m hearing NHL’s new (secondary 🇺🇸) broadcast partner is likely to be @tntdrama, which of course produces @NBAonTNT et al. @espn is NHL’s primary 🇺🇸 broadcast partner. https://t.co/pd26AqlvZh— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 26, 2021
Elliotte Friedman adds that Turner is expected to receive three of the next seven Stanley Cups:
The NHL will be having a Board of Governors call later today to update the upcoming US TV picture. 4 of next 7 Stanley Cups on @ESPN; 3 on Turner.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 26, 2021
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.