American TV network NBC, which owns the rights to show NHL games, will not broadcast the League games from 7 to February 26, 2018 when the winter Olympics will be held in South Korea’s Pyeongchang, reports the New York Post.
In April, the NHL announced that it will not suspend the regular season for the Olympic hockey tournament and will not allow its players to compete at the Olympics. Later the international ice hockey Federation has informed the League that they will not allow players with contracts before the Games in 2018.
In the preliminary schedule of broadcasts of the TV channel, which was published in July, in the period from 7 to 26 February did not appear any NHL games. It was assumed that NBC would later include games to the broadcast schedule, as it is a common practice.
Vice President, NBC Sports Group Chris McCloskey confirmed that the agreement with the League enables the TV to change the broadcast schedule and add games during the season. “But at the moment no changes are foreseen,” he said.
In the past two weeks, a meeting was held, during which it was agreed that NBC will not be showing NHL games during the Olympic games in South Korea. It is noted that the NBC can be related to the fact that the refusal of the League to release players for the Olympics has deprived the broadcaster of one of the most popular events of the Games.
NBC owns the exclusive rights to show the Olympics on U.S. soil. In 2011, the company bought the rights to broadcast four Games between 2014 and 2020 for a record of 4.38 billion dollars, in 2014 – to show the six Olympics from 2021 to 2032 for an even larger amount (7.65 billion).
In the past year from 7 to 26 Feb NBC and NBCSN (sports cable TV channel, owned by the broadcaster) showed in a total of 20 NHL games, seems to be fading.