Disney & NHL reach long term agreement

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Great news for hockey fans and spectators!

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and the National Hockey League have reached a historic and innovative seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal, taking the new partnership from the beginning of the 2021-22 season through the 2027-28 season.

This partnership of the world’s top hockey league and the platforms of The Walt Disney Company is a big win for our fans and our game.

– NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman 

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After an absence of 16 years, the National Hockey League is returning to ESPN. There is also a large streaming component to the agreement. Seventy-five regular season games each season will stream exclusively on ESPN and Hulu. ESPN+ will also absorb NHL.TV and effectively become the N.H.L.’s out-of-market streaming package in the United States, where fans can watch more than 1,000 games that are not televised in their area.

Are you excited for seeing professional hockey return to ESPN? Let us know in the comments!

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Kevin Koszola