VEGAS (May 23, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley and President of AT&T Sports Networks Patrick Crumb announced today May 23, a television rights agreement making AT&T Sports Networks and its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network the official television home of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Under the agreement, ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will be the exclusive television rightsholder for Golden Knights regional telecasts of regular-season games, beginning with the 2017-18 NHL season, for the length of the agreement. The network will have the opportunity to carry preseason and playoff games as well. All games will be produced in high definition and contain a pregame show and postgame show, subject to live event conflicts.
Broadcast talent for Golden Knights telecasts on ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will be announced at a later date.
In addition to Nevada, the Golden Knights' authorized distribution territory covers the entire states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah and select areas of Arizona and California. The existing ROOT SPORTS distribution already covers the team's territory except for Nevada and the select areas of California and Arizona. With the addition of the Golden Knights, the footprint of ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will be expanded to mirror the team's authorized territory in those three states.
"This is a landmark agreement for our organization, Golden Knights fans in Nevada and Golden Knights fans all across the Rocky Mountain region," said Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley. "I would like to thank Patrick Crumb and the entire AT&T Sports Networks team for their commitment to the Golden Knights and sharing our vision of growing the sport of hockey in Nevada and throughout the Rockies. The investment by ROOT SPORTS in cutting edge technology and their background televising the sport of hockey will ensure an enjoyable viewing experience during every Golden Knights game."
"We are thrilled to work with the Vegas Golden Knights and bring the excitement of Golden Knights hockey into the homes of Las Vegans, Nevadans and hockey fans throughout the Rockies," said President of AT&T Sports Networks Patrick Crumb. "Working with a sports team from its inception is an incredible opportunity and we welcome the responsibilities and challenges that come along with it. On behalf of the entire AT&T Sports Networks team, I would like to thank Bill Foley and Kerry Bubolz for their diligence and spirit of partnership throughout this process."
Along with live telecasts each season, beginning with the 2018-19 NHL season ROOT SPORTS will provide other hockey-related programming with unique access to the team and its players.
The Vegas Golden Knights were represented by Evolution Media, Creative Artists Agency's media advisory and investment banking firm.
About ROOT SPORTSTM Rocky Mountain
ROOT SPORTS™ is the television home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West, and the Big Sky Conference. The network reaches 2.5 million households across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year - all of which are available in high definition. ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is owned and operated by AT&T Sports Networks, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. The four networks combined reach approximately 13 million households across 22 states and own exclusive rights to produce and distribute live events from more than 25 teams and conferences.
The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visitvegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.