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Media rights through the years

Media rights through the years

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NHL Media Rights Through the Years

Season(s) Network(s) Total Average annual value
1952-53 through 2013-14 CBC/SRC N/A N/A
1956-57 through 1959-60 CBS N/A N/A
1967-68 through 1969-70 CBS $3.5 million $1.17 million
1970-71 through 1971-72 CBS $4 million $2 million
1972-73 through 1974-75 NBC $7 million $2.33 million
1975-76 through 1979-80 NHL * *
1980-81 through 1982-83 USA Network N/A N/A
1983-84 through 1984-85 USA Network $8 million $4 million
1984-85 through 1985-86 CTV N/A N/A
1985-86 through 1987-88 ESPN $24 million $8 million
1988-89 through 1990-91 SportsChannel $51 million $17 million
1991-92 SportsChannel $5.5 million $5.5 million
1992-93 ESPN $15 million $15 million
1993-94 through 1998-99 ESPN $84 million $14 million
1994-95 through 1998-1999 Fox $155 million $31 million
1999-2000 through 2003-04 ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 $600 million $120 million
2005-06 through 2007-08 OLN** $207.5 million $69.2 million
2004-05 through 2010-11 NBC  ***  ***
2008-09 through 2010-11 Versus** $232.5 million (estimated) $77.5 million (estimated)
2011-12 through 2020-21 NBC^ $2 billion $200 million
2014-15 through 2025-26 Rogers Communications (Sportsnet) C$5.2 billion C$433.3 million
2014-15 through 2025-26 TVA Sports C$1.5 billion C$125 million

N/A: Not available
* The league put together a network of independent stations covering about 55 percent of the country. The package was offered to local stations with no rights fee. Revenue was derived from the advertising, which was about evenly split between the network and the local station.
** OLN became Versus in September 2006; Versus became NBC Sports Network in October 2011.
*** The deal with NBC had no upfront rights fee. Revenue from NHL broadcasts was shared equally after NBC covered the cost of producing them. 
^ Deal includes both broadcast and cable rights.
Source: SportsBusiness Journal research

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