A broadcast partner for the last 16 years, NBC won’t air NHL games beyond the 2021 season, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The NHL Board of Governors is expected to hold a call sometime this week regarding the future broadcast rights, most of which will belong to ESPN after this season.
Sports Business Journal first reported the news Monday.
NBC has been the lone network rightsholder for more than a decade. But last month, ESPN became the primary network partner for the league in a deal that saw the NHL essentially split its broadcast rights.