Hockey East Announces Two Multi-Year Television and Media Rights Agreements

AMESBURY, Mass. – Hockey East has entered into a new six-year media rights agreement with ESPN and ESPN+ that will bring games from one of college hockey’s major conferences to ESPN’s television and streaming platforms. Additionally, the league today announced that it has entered into a multi-year extension to its partnership with NESN in the league’s most extensive and comprehensive media rights deals in the league’s 38-year history.

The deal with ESPN includes more than 300 games per year with all contests available on ESPN+ and includes three games on ESPNU each season, and will feature all 21 NCAA Division I teams in both men’s and women’s leagues, from this fall until the 2027-28 season. Boston University fans will be able to watch all Hockey East and Patriot League contests on ESPN+ starting this fall.

“Hockey East is thrilled to begin an exciting and comprehensive digital and linear partnership with ESPN,” said Hockey East Commissioner Steve Metcalf. “By placing the best college hockey conference on the ‘House of Hockey,’ Hockey East can now provide our fans with the best live viewing experience across all sports and allow the league to showcase the stories of our student-athletes. both on and off the ice.”

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

“ESPN is proud to add the rights to Hockey East, one of the sport’s premier conferences, to our ever-growing lineup of top-tier hockey leagues and events,” said Dan Margulis, Senior Director of Programming. , ESPN. “With half of the more than 300 games dedicated to women’s hockey each year, we are thrilled to help grow the sport on ESPN platforms.”

This agreement further solidifies ESPN and ESPN+’s commitment to the sport of hockey on its television and streaming platforms, which already includes the Frozen Four men’s and women’s NHL, ECAC and the NCAA. ESPN+ continues to establish itself as the new “home of hockey”, covering over 1,000 NHL games this season, as well as all Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) games, over 350 ECAC games and now the next Hockey East deal.

NESN is expected to televise at least 50 Hockey East games each season as part of this new expansion. The list will include some of the best games from the regular season and post-season competitions from both the men’s and women’s leagues. Additionally, the Men’s Semi-Finals and TD Garden Championship Game will continue to receive full weekend coverage from NESN.

“Hockey East is proud to continue its longstanding relationship with NESN, one of the league’s strongest partners throughout its history,” said Metcalf. “Extending our relationship with such an iconic New England brand was an easy decision, as Hockey East aims to provide the best possible viewing experience for its fans each season. We look forward to working with NESN to create new ways dynamics for Hockey East to reach our dedicated fanbase.”

“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 President and CEO. “Hockey East’s programming is integral to our network and how we serve our New England sports fan base, so we’re incredibly thrilled to have extended our partnership yet again.”

Hockey East will also continue to receive coverage throughout the hockey season on NESN, with player and coach interviews as part of NESN’s programming. In 2021-22, NESN and Hockey East launched episodes of Hockey East: My Storya collection of video reports highlighting the backgrounds of men’s and women’s league players and giving fans a glimpse into the lives of those who participate in Hockey East 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 men’s college hockey conference founded in 1984 and a 10-team Division I women’s league that began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won 10 NCAA championships over the past 27 years, most recently in 2021. Since 1999, Hockey East has won eight NCAA men’s championships with 17 NCAA championship game appearances, while placing 28 teams in the Frozen Four and 74 teams in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Hockey East has sent 121 teams to the NCAA Men’s Tournament since its inaugural season, more than any other conference in that span. Hockey East has 11 Hobey Baker winners and four Patty Kazmaier winners.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that brings fans in the United States thousands of live sporting events, original programming not available on linear TV or ESPN’s digital networks, and editorial content. exclusive from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ now has over 21.3 million subscribers.

Programming on ESPN+ includes exclusive UFC events, hundreds of MLB and NHL games, college sports (including football, basketball and nearly a dozen other sports from 20 conferences) , the best national and international football (LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, FA Cup, MLS, Copa Del Rey, EFL Championship, Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, etc.), Golf (coverage of the PGA Tour, The Masters and PGA Championship), Top Rank Boxing, Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, exclusive 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 more), plus exclusive access to ESPN’s entire library of 30 for 30 award-winning films.

Fans can sign up for ESPN+ for just $6.99 per month (or $69.99 per year) on ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com, or the ESPN app (mobile and connected devices). It’s also available as part of The Disney Bundle which gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu with 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 distributed in the New England six-state area and nationally as NESN National. New England’s definitive source of sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the nation’s top-rated regional sports networks, with a reputation for innovative and award-winning production of sporting events and specials.

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