January 22, 2021

NBCSN is Shutting Down by End of 2021: NBCUniversal is winding down the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) by the end of the year, moving its sports such as the Premier League and NASCAR to USA Network and Peacock. The network also has NHL but that deal expires in 2021. For seven years NBCSN has been the home of the Premier League, offering incredible coverage never before seen in the U.S., but in recent years it seemed to be on the decline.

posted by rcade to general at 05:08 PM - 5 comments

John Ourand of Sports Business Daily predicted this a month ago: "Late in the year " think November or December " NBC will shut down its sports channel and move NHL and EPL programming to USA Network and Peacock. The move is part of a strategy to grow NBC's streaming service, while keeping its big entertainment channel relevant in a cord-cutting world. The move creates a glut of smaller programming " like car shows and dog shows " in the media marketplace."

In the article he also predicted NBC would reach a new six-year deal to keep the EPL, putting more matches on NBC and running others on USA Network and Peacock.

posted by rcade at 05:46 PM on January 22, 2021

Apparently the NHL wants their next TV deal be covered by several networks? I don't, just something that I heard from a guy that makes his living studying the media. Also, ESPN is looking to get back into the NHL action.

posted by NoMich at 09:28 AM on January 23, 2021

Does ESPN already have a partial NHL deal? Last night's Stars game was on ESPN+.

posted by rcade at 11:48 AM on January 23, 2021

My main concern is more EPL (only thing I watch on NBCSN) on streaming, already an issue with Saturday 4:30 am (PST) matches. But I'd just as soon not have NBC win the next EPL US contract.

posted by billsaysthis at 08:23 PM on January 24, 2021

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