German broadcaster Sport1 has doubled the content in its major rights package for North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) ahead of the 2016/17 season.
The agreement will see Sport1 broadcast 140 live games per season from the elite ice hockey league on its Sport1 US channel for the next four seasons.
The channel will show up to four live games every week, as well as all play-off fixtures, the Stanley Cup series, and NHL All-Star games.
The deal covers exclusive broadcasts in Germany, as well as non-exclusive rights in Austria and Switzerland.
“The NHL completes our comprehensive ice hockey coverage at Sport1, with the DEL [German Ice Hockey League], Champions Hockey League, Deutschland Cup, Spengler Cup and the World Championship in May 2017,” said Sport1 chairman Olaf Schroeder.
“There’s never been so much ice hockey in Germany on one platform. On Sport1 US we’re now showing more than twice as many NHL games per season as before, through 2020 – it’s a feast for the fans.”
The new NHL season kicks off on Thursday night, when the Chicago Blackhawks face off against the St Louis Blues, shown exclusively in Germany on Sport1.