Rogers Sportsnet have announced a 10-year deal with the NHL’s Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers that would see the broadcaster air at least 116 games per year on its various national and regional Sportsnet Channel.
Financial details of the deal were not announced.
Starting with the upcoming 2010-11 NHL season, Sportsnet will televise at least 58 Calgary Flames and 58 Edmonton Oilers games every year for 10 seasons within the Oilers and Flames regional territory which includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Beginning August 14th, the Rogers Sportsnet will consist of five channels including Sportsnet ONE and four regional channels Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, and Pacific.
With Oilers and Flames games now being broadcast on Sportsnet, TSN, or CBC, cable and satellite subscribers in the West will have the ability to watch virtually every regular season game on television provided they subscribe to the two specialty sports networks.
Allan Watt, a spokesperson for the Oilers said that all but one of the team’s 82 games during the upcoming season will be televised on one of the three channels.
NHL regional restrictions will apply which means that Sportsnet subscribers in B.C. and east of Manitoba will be blacked out. Schedule details for the upcoming season will be announced later this month.
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