NBC, NHL Extend Contract

Mar 27, 2007  •  Post A Comment

NBC Sports extended its contract with the NHL through the 2007-2008 season.

The arrangement continues as a revenue-sharing partnership, rather than a more traditional rights fee deal. NBC also has an option for the 2008-09 season.

Next season NBC will add flexible scheduling, which will allow the network to make last-minute changes in which game is being broadcast on Sunday afternoons. On nine Sundays, NBC will get to select from at least three games to broadcast. The other games will be available to local carriers, but later in the day to avoid a conflict.

“Flexible scheduling will always allow us to have the best possible games,” Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Universal Sports and Olympics, said in a statement Tuesday. “Nothing could be better for hockey fans, who now will be able to see the best teams and marquee players on national broadcast television each week.”

In addition to regular season games on Sundays, NBC will broadcast some playoff games on Saturdays, and games 3 through 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in prime time.

All games will be broadcast in high definition next season.