We’ve been here before but it looks like Viasat and Nelonen Pro have garnered NHL rights and it’s for more than two games this time around. Finnish sports site Urheilulehti reports that it’s a five year deal. From the article, translated via Google –
Medge Consulting, who owns the NHL broadcasting rights, has finally come to an agreement on broadcasting NHL games in Finland according to the information received by Urheilulehti.
Medge Consulting bought the NHL broadcasting rights in Europe after the 2010-2011 season had ended.
The swedish consulting company has been selling their NHL package to european television networks for a high price, with exclusive coverage of the games. But only now the parties have come to an agreement on the spesifics of the contract.
NHL games will be seen in Finland through Viasat and Nelonen Pro channels. The final push to the confirmation was that ESPN America withdrew from the bidding contest. ESPN America has previously shown NHL games in Finland and the rest of Europe.
No NHL game has been seen in Finland so far, excluding the NHL Premiere.
Now there will be a radical change to the supply when Viasat and Nelonen Pro will be able to show as many games as they want to. And now Viasat and Nelonen Pro can decide which games will be seen in Finland exclusively because of the stand alone rights.
Medge Consulting and Viasat will give an official announcement of their extensive contract during this week, according to the information received by Urheilulehti.