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02-19-2013, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by JeffNYI View Post
Not sure how it works at the major league level.
Perhaps a better question for the BOH. However.....

ECHL and AHL have an agreement for online PPV for games ("nationally"). Regional/local deals are on a team-by-team basis.

ECHL San Francisco has a "radio" deal with a website (no OTA) and a local cable station for a few home games. I'm not sure the payments for those. (But considering both the early radio and TV had a lot of PSAs/team announcements, it might be that the team "buys" the "air" time, and has started to recoup with some sponsors buying ads.)

For NHL teams, part of the situation (paid for content vs purchase air time) is based on the age of the team, quality of play in recent seasons.

Now, there are national TV deals (and radio -- SiriusXM satellite radio carries all NHL games), US NBC/NBCSN (et al NBC stations for playoffs), TSN/CBC for Canada. (These pay millions of $$s to league which is split between teams as part of central revenues.)

CSN has regional coverage of Washington, Chicago, San Jose among other teams. MSG has the three NY teams plus NJD. FSN has regional coverage of a number of teams. Plus a few independents.

In most cases, teams are paid for their content (and often supply play-by-play and analyst). (Usually in the millions to tens of millions per team. NYI is one of the highest at like $20m. Many US teams are probably in the $5-10m range, I'm guessing.) Teams not always public with those $$s.

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