Some interesting news from around the league. NBC is shutting down NBCSN at the end of the year, and migrating everything to the USA Network.
NBC Sports Network is shutting down later this year and big events (NHL and NASCAR among them) will migrate to USA Network. Story coming ASAP.
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) January 22, 2021
The NHL’s contract with NBC is up after this season, where they will look to renegotiate with several different outlets. NBC/USA is certainly one of them, but expect Disney (ESPN/ABC), Fox, CBS, and Turner (TNT, TBS) to be heavily involved as well.
Hockey is not the game it was in 2003-2004, when it last appeared on ESPN. That was the dead puck era, and hockey scoring is up significantly since. As is the pace of play. This might actually position the NHL well