We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE

Chicago Blackhawks, WGN-TV agree to 3-year extension for TV deal

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends


Chicago Blackhawks, WGN-TV agree to 3-year extension for TV deal

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks and WGN-TV have agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 NHL season.

The team and the station announced the extension on Friday. Comcast SportsNet Chicago shows most Blackhawks games, but WGN-TV broadcasts 20 regular-season games each year.

Team President John McDonough says WGN-TV "has been a highly-valued member of the Blackhawks family."

According to the release announcing the deal, ratings for Blackhawks games on WGN-TV have increased by more than 200 per cent since 2008. Larry Wert, the president of Tribune Broadcasting, says they expect the team to continue to grow in popularity.

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and are still alive in this year's playoffs. The Western Conference final begins on Sunday.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres