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NBCSN TO BE SHUT DOWN AT THE END OF THIS YEAR

Sports television in the Unites States is getting a big shakeup. NBC Universal is shutting down in main sports network, NBCSN, at the end of 2021. A lot of its live content, including hockey games, will be moving to the NBC-owned USA Network over the next couple of months.

"We're absolutely committed more than ever to live sports as a company, and having such a huge platform like USA Network airing some of our key sports content is great for our partners, distributors, viewers and advertisers alike,» NBC Sports Group Chairman Pete Bevacqua told the Wall Street Journal.

NBC is home to many big sports properties in the in the US, including the NHL, NASCAR, IndyCar and soccer's English Premier League. A lot of events from those leagues were broadcast on NBCSN.

"USA Network will begin carrying and/or simulcasting certain NBC Sports programming, including NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games and NASCAR races, as part of a larger transition within the company," said NBC in a memo to staff.

The big question now is what happens to NHL broadcasting rights in the United States after this season. NBCSN has been the home of the NHL in America for the last 15 years. However, NBC's contract with the NHL ends after this season. NBC has told the NHL that it would carve out regular windows on its broadcast channel and USA Network, which is in 86.2 million homes, plus Peacock. NBCSN is currently in 80.6 million homes.



Source: USA Today
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JANUARY 23, 2021  (9H46)
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