Hockey East announces two multi-year TV and media rights agreements

AMESBURY, messe. – Hockey East has signed a new six-year media rights agreement with ESPN and ESPN +, which will bring games from one of collegiate hockey’s leading conferences to ESPN’s television and streaming platforms. In addition, the league announced today that it has reached a multi-year extension of its partnership with NESN as part of the league’s most expansive and comprehensive media rights deal in its 38-year history.

The agreement with ESPN covers over 300 matches annually with all competitions available on ESPN + and offers three matches on ESPNU each season, and will include the 21 NCAA Division I teams across the men’s and women’s leagues, beginning this fall through the 2027-28 season. . Boston University fans will be able to watch all Hockey East and Patriot League competitions on ESPN + starting this fall.

“Hockey East is excited to embark on an exciting and comprehensive digital and linear partnership with ESPN,” said Hockey East Commissioner Steve Metcalf. “By placing the top collegiate hockey conference on the ‘Home of Hockey’, Hockey East can now give our fans the leading live viewing experience in all sports and allow the league to showcase the stories of our student athletes both to and from the ice.”

Streaming on ESPN + will be all men’s and women’s home games throughout the season as well as all men’s and women’s postseason tournaments. The Hockey East Women’s Tournament Championship is set to be televised annually on an ESPN network.

“ESPN is proud to add rights to Hockey East, one of the sport’s leading conferences, to our ever-growing lineup of top-level hockey leagues and events,” said Dan Margulis, senior director of programming, ESPN. “With half of the over 300 matches annually dedicated to women’s hockey, we are very excited to help develop the sport across ESPN platforms.”

This agreement further strengthens ESPN and ESPN +’s commitment to the sport of hockey across its television and streaming platforms, which already include the NHL, ECAC and NCAA men’s and women’s Frozen Four championships. ESPN + continues to establish itself as the new “Home of Hockey”, covering more than 1,000 NHL matches this season along with each match from the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF), over 350 matches in the ECAC and now the upcoming Hockey East- appointment .

NESN is set to televise at least 50 Hockey East matches each season under this new extension. The list will include some of the best regular season matches and post-season competitions from the men’s and women’s leagues. In addition, the men’s semifinals and championship matches from TD Garden will continue to enjoy full weekend coverage from NESN.

“Hockey East is proud to continue its long-standing relationship with NESN, one of the league’s strongest partners throughout its history,” Metcalf said. “Expanding our relationship with such an iconic New England brand was an easy decision as Hockey East aims to deliver the best possible viewing experience to its fans every season. We look forward to working with NESN to create new and dynamic ways for Hockey East to reach our dedicated fans. “

“NESN’s affiliation with Hockey East dates back to our founding in 1984, and the conference has continued to deliver exciting competition every season since,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “Hockey East programming is an integral part of our network and how we serve our New England sports fan base, so we’m incredibly excited to have expanded our partnership again.”

Hockey East will also continue to enjoy coverage throughout the hockey season at NESN, with player and coach interviews within NESN’s programming. In 2021-22, NESN and Hockey East debuted episodes of Hockey East: My Storya collection of video features that highlighted the background of players in the men’s and women’s leagues and give fans an insight into the lives of those who compete in Hockey East both on and off the ice.

The NESN schedule for 2022-23 will be announced at a later date.

Hockey East was assisted by Dan Gale and Leona Marketing Group throughout the process.

About Hockey East

The Hockey East Association is an 11-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and a 10-team Division I women’s league, which began playing in 2002-03. The men’s league has won 10 NCAA championships in the last 27 years, most recently in 2021. Since 1999, Hockey East has won eight men’s NCAA championships with 17 NCAA championship games, while placing 28 teams in the Frozen Four and 74 teams in the NCAA tournament. Overall, Hockey East has sent 121 teams to the men’s NCAA tournament since the first season, more than any other conference in that period. Hockey East is home to 11 Hobey Baker winners and four Patty Kazmaier winners.

About ESPN +

ESPN + is the industry-leading sports streaming service offering fans in the United States thousands of live sporting events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. ESPN + was launched in April 2018 and has grown to more than 21.3 million subscribers.

Programming on ESPN + includes exclusive UFC events, hundreds of MLB and NHL matches, college sports (including football, basketball and nearly a dozen other sports from 20 conferences), domestic and international top football (LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, FA Cup, MLS, Copa Del Rey, EFL Championship, Carabao Cup, Eredivisie and more), Golf (PGA Tour coverage, The Masters and PGA Championship), Top Rank Boxing, Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, excluding ESPN + Original series and studio shows (including ESPN + NFL PrimeTime, Peyton’s Places, Stephen A’s World, SportsNation, The Fantasy Show, Why Not Us, America’s Caddy, Detail, ESPN FC, Bettor Days, Our Time, The Ultimate Fighter, Dana White’s Contender Series and many more), plus exclusive access to the entire library with ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 movies.

Fans can sign up for ESPN + for just $ 6.99 a month (or $ 69.99 a year) on ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com, or on the ESPN (mobile and connected devices) app. It is also available as part of the Disney package that gives subscribers access to Disney +, ESPN + and Hulu for $ 13.99 / month (Hulu w / ads) or $ 19.99 / month (Hulu without ads).

About NESN

NESN (New England Sports Network) is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and is delivered throughout the New England region with six states and nationally as the NESN National. The ultimate source of New England sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports networks in the country, with a reputation for innovative and award-winning production of sporting events and specials.

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