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CBC partners with Rogers in 12-year NHL rights deal

11/26/2013 07:11 EST | Updated 01/26/2014 05:59 EST
Saturday night will remain Hockey Night in Canada on CBC for the next 12 years.

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.

It signed a 10-year rights deal with NBC for U.S. broadcasts in 2011.

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