National coverage of the NHL will be moving away from NBC Sports next season.
According to the Sports Business Journal, NBC has officially pulled out of the bidding for the NHL’s second TV rights package. This news comes after the NHL and ESPN announced a seven-year, $2.8 billion deal in March for the “A” package.
NBC has broadcast games every year of the Ovechkin Era, which first began in the 2005-06 season. NBC was coming off a 10-year, $200 million agreement it had with the NHL.