Historic TV deal will change the way we watch hockey

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and President and CEO of Quebecor inc., Robert Depatie, shake...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and President and CEO of Quebecor inc., Robert Depatie, shake hands during a press conference at the Rogers Campus in Toronto on Nov. 26, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:03 PM ET

Saturday nights aren't going to be the same for NHL fans in Canada.

Thanks to an historic broadcast agreement between the league and Rogers Sportsnet announced Tuesday, Canadians are going to have a lot more choice starting next season when it comes to their Saturday night buffet of NHL offerings.

CBC's iconic Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night will survive in what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called a "landmark agreement," but there will be more games available across Rogers' other channels and platforms.

"If there are four or five games on in Canada, you can flip from one game to another. That's why we're saying this is so pro-fan," said Bettman.

This deal is historic in that it marks the first time one of North America's big four sports leagues has granted national broadcast rights to one company on a long-term basis.

 


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