newjerseydevils.com – NBC Sports and the NHL have announced an extension of their revenue sharing partnership through the 2007-08 season, highlighted by a new, innovative “Game of the Week” flexible scheduling component.
The deal includes an NBC option for 2008-09. The joint announcement was made today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
The NHL will offer flexible scheduling for NBC’s nine regular season dates.
NBC will be able to select from a minimum of three games scheduled on Sunday afternoons. Thirteen days prior to the scheduled games, NBC, in conjunction with the NHL, will select one of those games as the “Game of the Week” to be broadcast during the NBC window. The other games will remain available to the teams’ regional carrier (not to be televised during NBC’s broadcast window).
Next season, all NBC regular season games will be broadcast on Sundays for the first time and all games will be presented in high definition. NBC will broadcast postseason games on select Saturdays and Sundays, and Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime, as with the current deal.