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Disney Lands NHL Broadcast Deal With Emphasis on Streaming

  • Company to air games on Hulu and ESPN+ at no additional cost
  • Media giant is paying about $300 million annually for rights
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Walt Disney Co. announced a seven-year broadcast agreement with the National Hockey League that brings games to ABC and ESPN, as well as its streaming platforms ESPN+ and Hulu.

Under the deal, which runs through the season ending in 2028, ABC will air the Stanley Cup finals four times. There also will be 100 exclusive regular-season games each year on ABC, ESPN or the company’s streaming platforms, according to a statement Wednesday. Disney is paying about $300 million annually for the package, according to people familiar with the deal who asked not to be identified because the terms aren’t public.