Every year when the Oilers begin to play, and the games are being televised, many questions arise about which games can be seen on specific networks and in which cities, provinces or territories. It can sometimes be confusing but here is a quick guide to the Edmonton Oilers, NHL national and regional television broadcasts and related Oilers broadcast territory. Hope it helps you answer questions from fans and colleagues.
With the addition of the Winnipeg Jets, our Oilers broadcast territory has changed slightly. Below is a brief rundown of the agreements between the NHL / Oilers broadcast partners.CBC
– Hockey Night in Canada has a national agreement between the NHL and the CBC. All of the games broadcast by the CBC are available to the entire country.TSN
– There is a national cable agreement between the NHL and TSN. All games included in the TSN national agreement are available to the entire country. TSN also has regional agreements with Toronto and Winnipeg which limits certain TSN broadcasts to the Leafs and Jets regional broadcast territory which is defined by the NHL.Sportsnet
– The Oilers have a regional agreement with Sportsnet to broadcast ALL of our games not carried by the CBC or TSN. Those games are limited to broadcast in our (NHL defined) territory which is Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Territories including Nunavut. The Oilers also share that territory with the Calgary Flames whose Sportsnet broadcasts are also limited to that territory.
Our previous regional territory included Manitoba but now that the Jets are in the league they have Manitoba, the Territories, and parts of eastern Ontario as their territory. The Jets regional carrier is TSN and those TSN regional broadcasts are limited to their region.
Every team is obligated to provide their regional TV games to the NHL Center Ice Package. This means that if you have Center Ice and live in Edmonton you would be able to watch a TSN/Jets game and vice versa if you lived in Winnipeg you would also be able to watch a SN/Oilers broadcast.