The NHL is coming to TBS, TNT and HBO Max with a 7-year agreement

The Tampa Bay Lightning with the Stanley Cup, after raising the banner on Jan. 13. The Lightning won the 2020 Stanley Cup.
The 2020 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the rest of the NHL will find a number of their games on TBS, TNT and HBO Max starting with the 2021-22 season. (Image credit: Casey Brooke Lawson)

WarnerMedia today announced that it's secured rights to show 72 regular-season NHL games, starting with the 2021-22 season. That means you'll find games on TBS and TNT for the first time, as well as streaming on HBO Max.

The deal allows for TNT to broadcast the Stanley Cup Finals in three of the seven years, half of the playoffs — split among the first- and second-round games, as well as the Finals — and the aforementioned six dozen regular-season games.

TNT also will have exclusive rights for the NHL Winter Classic, which takes the game outdoors for a unique event. (And also one that's subject to weather, which is an odd phenomenon for the NHL.)

Additionally, Bleacher Report — which is owned by WarnerMedia — will have rights for "expansive" digital content, including highlights and ancillary programming.

“This agreement with the National Hockey League brings one of the most prestigious championships in sports to TNT and fuels our entire Turner Sports and Bleacher Report portfolio with even more premium content for many years to come,” Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, said in a press release. “We’re delighted to spotlight the world’s best hockey league on our leading networks, while continuing to further elevate this marquee property through an ever-expanding array of digital platforms in the years to come.”

TNT and TBS will be the main vehicles for the game, but the deal (terms of which were not disclosed) will be the first time we see live sports come to HBO Max, which had nearly 41 million subscribers as of March 31, 2021. HBO Max costs $14.99 a month — same as the legacy HBO service it replaces — and is available on every major streaming platform.

“Turner Sports is known for its outstanding sports coverage, quality and innovation and we are thrilled that this new partnership will provide our fans with the content they love on the platforms and devices of their choice,” said  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “TNT is a proven and acclaimed destination for sports fans and we will also benefit from the deep connection Bleacher Report has with young digital-savvy fans. Having WarnerMedia join the NHL family as co-rightsholders for the next seven years gives us incredible reach, positions us well for the future as the media landscape continues to evolve, and will fuel continued growth for the NHL and our Clubs.”

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.