We knew it was coming but it is now all but official. ESPN and the NHL have agreed to a 7 year deal making ESPN as part of the leagues new TV deal.
A few weeks back I had posted about how this was pretty much a gurantee thanks to our guy NHLRumorsDaily who’s been posting about it for two years now. You can read that post here
This is great news for the league as hopefully ESPN puts in the effort to make the NHL a more popular league. It should only help the growth of the sport as long as ESPN does what they’re supposed to do.
ESPN will be one of the leagues media partners on the new deal as NBC is still expected to be another partner.
While the big name guys will take all the credit we know who’s been on top of this from the beginning so shout-out to NRD for getting another scoop before everyone else.