As Hooks mentioned in his post here, the NHL announced a 5.2 billion dollar deal with Rogers for broadcasting rights in Canada. I was curious what this actually meant for the NHL, so decided to follow up on it in more in depth detail.
Currently, the NHL has a similar deal in the US with NBC, which was renewed in 2011 for 10 years worth around 2 billion dollars, or about 200 million dollars per year. This Rogers deal is 5.2 billion dollars over 12 years, or 436 million per year, more than double what NBC is paying the NHL for broadcasting rights in the US.
This deal with Rogers ends a large part of the Canadian broadcasting that TSN is currently doing for hockey in the NHL. TSN still retains some of their rights, specifically to some regional deals with the Leafs & Jets, but their national presence is taking a huge hit due to this. Canada.com says that TSN "currently pays $40 million per season" for broadcasting rights to the NHL. I'm sure the NHL will keep some of that money since TSN will still continue some(albeit, much less) coverage,but even if you assume TSN will pay the NHL $0 for their coverage, the increase from what TSN is paying to what Rogers will now be paying is a stunning 396 million dollars per year MORE than than what the NHL currently receives for the broadcast rights. From what I've read, the actual money is $150 million down and $350 million annual fee.
So what is this going to mean for the teams? Well obviously more money to spend... but how much more? Not really sure, but early estimates are coming in at 3 million dollars more PER team on the cap alone, just because of this deal. Since the Owner to players split is 50/50, if the cap is going up 3 million dollars, I would assume that means the owners are also collecting about 3 million dollars per team as well.
Just doing some simple math, 436 million per year divided by 30 teams is 14.53 million dollars per team per year. Not sure where all that money is going or how much is actually going to the teams, but either way, this is a HUGE win for the NHL.
On another note. As mentioned here, the NBA deal with ABC/ESPN/TNT is 7.4 billion dollars. If you add the NBC & Rogers deals from Canada and the US, the NHL deal is worth 7.2 billion dollars. That's pretty impressive.