Major Changes Coming For NHL TV Rights

The NHL currently holds a number of Canadian broadcasting partnerships, including Sportsnet, TSN, and CBC. However, NBC Sports holds the largest TV deal with the NHL. There are major changes coming to this arrangement.

Years ago, the NHL promised fans that regional blackouts would be over. However, fans remain frustrated as they remain subjected to regional blackouts. It has been reported that NBC Sports will be shutting down after the 2021 Toyko Summer Olympics. The NHL is currently shopping their TV rights but are demanding that games are given national exposure and are not hidden behind a paywall. The steaming service Peacock is rumored to be in talks with the NHL, but its too early in the process to confirm any final deal. 

Mike Babcock is hired by NBC Sports and within one week they announce the closure of the program? I don't want to point fingers, but..... (it's a joke, everyone).