League Says Media Rights Agreement Is Largest In Its History

TORONTO (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NHL says it has reached a 12-year, $5.2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the league’s Canadian broadcast and multimedia rights.

Rogers said Tuesday that the CBC will keep airing “Hockey Night in Canada,” and the TVA network in Quebec has all of the Canadian French-language multi-media rights.

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The league says the deal gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms in all languages.

The deal, subject to approval by the NHL Board of Governors, will begin with the 2014-15 season and run through 2025-26. The Board of Governors will next meet Dec. 9-10 in Pebble Beach, Calif.

“Our fans always want to explore deeper and more emotional connections to NHL hockey, and that is precisely what Rogers has promised to deliver over the next 12 years — channeling the reach of its platforms and the intensity of its passion for the game into an unparalleled viewing experience,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “The NHL is extremely excited about the power and potential of this groundbreaking partnership.”

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The league said that the agreement is the largest media rights deal in its history.

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