With the NHL set to go into a national TV contract with ESPN next year, and NBCUniversal, the owner of NBC Sports Network, reportedly planning to offer its own streaming service, many of us are wondering just how much information the league has been getting about its TV deal.
According to a report from CSNNW, a site that tracks the broadcast deals of major U.S. sports, the league had about $15.8 million in advertising revenue last year.
That figure, according to the report, is actually down from the previous year.
However, the numbers don’t necessarily mean that the league is on track to keep its current television deal.
In fact, it might be even worse than the previous two years, as the CSNNR reports that the deal with ESPN, which will expire at the end of next year and which was originally worth about $50 million per season, is expected to drop to $23.5 million per year.
That’s a significant drop, given that the NBA and NFL, which both are owned by ESPN, will likely be getting even smaller TV deals in the future.
Additionally, according the report by CSNNY, the new deal with NBCUniversal is projected to cost the league more than $3 billion.
That’s not even including the $1.4 billion it was expecting to pay for ESPN and the $2 billion it’s already paying for NBC Sports Networks, the website reported.