The NHL and Diamond Sports Group reached an statement that would let for Diamond’s location sports networks, known arsenic Bally’s, to proceed broadcasting uninterrupted done nan extremity of nan 2023-24 season.
The deal, revealed successful tribunal documents revenge Wednesday, impacts 11 NHL franchises: nan Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning. It besides ends those clubs’ agreements pinch Diamond, immoderate of which extended to 2030, astatine nan extremity of this season.
“It’s a solution that we are comfortable pinch successful ray of nan totality of circumstances,” NHL lawman commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic successful an email exchange. “It ensures that each our teams will beryllium capable to proceed to broadcast their games to section fans passim nan equilibrium of nan season. That has ever been our apical priority.”
The deal, which is akin to 1 reached betwixt nan NBA and Diamond past month, will spell earlier a bankruptcy tribunal successful Houston connected Jan. 3 for approval.
Diamond, though a spokesperson, declined to comment.
There has been interest among NHL fans astir their clubs’ games being televised since Diamond revenge for bankruptcy past March. With that filing, nan tribunal gave Diamond and nan NHL support to activity this word sheet, an statement connected really to proceed.
After this season, nan broadcast authorities for each 11 affected clubs will return to nan NHL, but cipher tin opportunity yet what those clubs’ TV plans will look for illustration adjacent play and beyond.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Amazon.com, Inc., is successful talks pinch Diamond and its creditors astir acquiring multiyear streaming authorities to MLB, NBA and NHL games that are presently carried connected cablegram channels operated by nan location sports networks (RSNs). Any imaginable woody is taxable to support by nan bankruptcy court.
This woody does not preclude nan impacted teams from signing caller deals pinch Diamond connected nan different broadside of bankruptcy, 1 root briefed connected nan negotiations said.
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