Posted October 10, 2018 08:37:49 As the NHL prepares to open its new arena in Calgary, one of the first things the league will have to deal with is the expansion of the NHL Network’s local television presence.
The league is reportedly considering adding a local team to its local TV package.
The Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks have all expressed interest in adding local teams to their local TV packages.
According to The Calgary Herald, the Calgary Flames are one of several teams that have expressed interest.
The team is considering the possibility of adding local television in the form of a “local broadcast rights agreement,” a source told the Herald.
The Flames would be able to bring in local talent in exchange for local television rights.
The idea would be to bring a local talent into the Calgary market in the hopes that local fans will be more comfortable paying more for local programming.
The expansion of NHL Network could potentially have a similar effect on the Edmonton Oilers, as the team has a strong local fan base and is looking to expand into new markets.
The Edmonton Oilers are also considering a local broadcast deal with ESPN, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have all stated that they are looking to add local television to their national television packages.
The local broadcast rights deal with the Flames would likely be the biggest change, as it would provide the team with more local exposure.
The Oilers, who are one season removed from being the Stanley Cup champions, are the only team that currently have an arena in their own city.
With the NHL’s decision to expand its national television footprint, the NHL is likely hoping to have local TV rights agreements in place by the end of the year.
The NHL currently has about 70 teams that are on the air in 30 markets, which could expand to as many as 90 by the 2020-21 season.
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