Rogers Communications and NHL Announce 12-Year National Broadcast and
- Adds value to fans with more games, more content, more choice and more
- Positions Sportsnet to become Canada's #1 sports media brand -
- Bolsters Rogers' sports offerings and leadership across all platforms -
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications and the National Hockey
League today announced a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement
that includes all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all
languages. The agreement, the largest media rights deal in League history,
begins with the 2014-15 season and continues through the 2025-26 season.
This marks the first time a premium North American-wide sports league has
granted all of its national (Canadian) rights to one company on a long-term
Rogers also announced today it has selected CBC and TVA for separate
sub-licensing deals for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada
and all national French-language multimedia rights, respectively.
The agreement is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors at its
meeting on December 9-10.
"Sports content is a key strategic asset and we've been investing
significantly to strengthen our sports offering to Canadians," said Nadir
Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications.
"Canadians are passionate about hockey, and through this landmark partnership
with the NHL we'll be able to bring hockey fans more games and more content on
their platform of choice."
"Our fans always want to explore deeper and more emotional connections to NHL
hockey, and that is precisely what Rogers has promised to deliver over the
next 12 years - channeling the reach of its platforms and the intensity of its
passion for the game into an unparalleled viewing experience," said NHL
Commissioner Gary Bettman."The NHL is extremely excited about the power and
potential of this groundbreaking partnership."
Canadians will receive more NHL games than ever before through Rogers'
wireless and cable assets, promotional vehicles, and diverse media assets -
including City and all Sportsnet platforms. Highlights of the agreement
-- National rights across TV broadcasts, TV Everywhere, wireless
and mobile tablets, Internet streaming, terrestrial and
satellite radio, and out-of-home;
-- National rights to all regular season games, all playoff games
and the Stanley Cup Final, and all special events and non-game
events (i.e. NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft) - in all languages;
-- Out-of-market rights for all regional games;
-- Ownership of all linear and digital highlights, including
condensed games and video archives;
-- NHL broadcast assets: Rogers to operate NHL Centre Ice and NHL
Game Centre Live;
-- Sponsorship rights to the NHL Shield logo as an official
partner of the NHL; and
-- Canadian representation of ad sales for NHL.com.
"Our vision is to build on the NHL's legacy in Canada with an emphasis on
storytelling, innovation, and technology -- weaving the NHL, its teams and its
stars even deeper into the fabric of Canadian culture," said Keith Pelley,
President, Rogers Media. "Today's announcement significantly increases the
value of our premium Sportsnet brand and reinforces our commitment to making
Sportsnet the #1 sports media brand in Canada."
Rogers will provide multiple game coverage on up to nine TV channels plus
digital and radio on any given night (see "Sample Saturday Night" addendum).
Expanded pre- and post-game coverage, behind-the-scenes access, profiles of
the league's Top 50 stars, first-to-market production technology, a
state-of-the-art high-tech studio, and a Hockey Production Centre of
Excellence will give Canadians a new way to experience the NHL like never
before (see "Programming & Production Philosophy" addendum).
Today's announcement strengthens Rogers' sports leadership in Canada and
complements the company's existing NHL alliances. Sportsnet is the regional
broadcaster of the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto
Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks, producing and airing 264 regional games
per year (see "Fact Sheet" addendum). Rogers has a 37.5% equity stake in
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, 100% ownership of the Toronto Blue Jays and
Rogers Centre stadium, strategic partnerships with the Vancouver Canucks and
Edmonton Oilers, and long-term media agreements with the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA,
MLS, NCAA, Rogers Cup, UFC, international soccer, and more.
This agreement is net present value positive for Rogers' shareholders - it is
expected to be accretive to Rogers Media operating profit from the outset and
significantly, will yield additional benefits to the cable and wireless
operations. The financial terms comprise annual payments commencing at just
over $300 million in the first year, with gradual annual escalations,
increasing to approximately mid-$500 million in the final year of the contract
term. These payments, together with an upfront payment amount of $150 million
spread over the first two years of the contract, will amount to $5.2 billion
in total payments to the NHL over the 12-year term. The annual rights costs
will be offset by consideration received under the CBC and TVA sub-licenses
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Risks and Assumptions:
This release includes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of
applicable securities laws and assumptions concerning the closing of an
acquisition as detailed above. We caution that all forward-looking information
is inherently subject to change and uncertainty and that actual results may
differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking
information. A number of risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause
actual results and events to differ materially from those expressed or implied
in the forward-looking information or could cause our current objectives,
strategies and intentions to change, including but not limited to approvals by
the NHL's Board of Governors. Many of these factors are beyond our control and
current expectation or knowledge. Should one or more of these risks,
uncertainties or other factors materialize, our objectives, strategies or
intentions change, or any other factors or assumptions underlying the
forward-looking information prove incorrect, our actual results and our plans
could vary significantly from what we currently foresee. Accordingly, we warn
investors to exercise caution when considering statements containing
forward-looking information and that it would be unreasonable to rely on such
statements as creating legal rights regarding our future results or plans. We
are under no obligation (and we expressly disclaim any such obligation) to
update or alter any statements containing forward-looking information, the
factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. All of the
forward-looking information in this release is qualified by the cautionary
About the NHL:
The National Hockey League®, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the
four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the
NHL® consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League's international
makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters.
According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more
educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than
any other major professional sport. The NHL entertains more than 250 million
fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (NBC
Sports Network, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, and NHL Network™) and radio (NHL
Radio™, Sirius XM Satellite Radio). Through the NHL Foundation, the
League's charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights
Cancer™ and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of
NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.
Rogers is a leading diversified Canadian communications and media company.
We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications
services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed
Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in
radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade
publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
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