The NHL confirmed Tuesday that the CBC has secured English-language rights to games in a sub-licensing agreement with Rogers Sportsnet through 2025-26.
The 12-year, $5.232 billion deal between the NHL and Rogers is the largest media rights agreement in league history and subject to approval by the league's board of governors at a meeting in in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Dec. 9-10.
"The NHL is extremely excited about the power and potential of this groundbreaking partnership," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement released Tuesday.
CBC has been the home of Hockey Night since 1952. It retains the choice Saturday night timeslot, including 320 hours of prime-time hockey and the Stanley Cup final for the next four years.
Rogers, though, has three exclusive windows to broadcast any game involving a Canadian team on Wednesdays, Saturdays, including CBC, and Sundays.
The NHL was seeking to capitalize on a surge in popularity following a lengthy lockout that resulted in a 48-game season in 2013.
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