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11 minutes ago, Boris Badenov said:

Anyone in the US have ESPN +? Trying to confirm whether in fact all of the games for Canadian teams can be streamed through there. 

Well all of them except region blackouts.

Right guess it's time to give my wallet to our mouse overloard.

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On 3/10/2021 at 4:34 PM, mll said:

Bettman in announcing the deal again confirmed flat cap for a while.  Could maybe be even through the full 6 years of the CBA per Friedman a few months back citing league projections (they already knew the rights were up and likely had estimates of the new deal).  

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/bettman-nhl-salary-cap-will-remain-flat-near-flat-immediate-future/

It appears there won’t be much movement for the NHL’s salary cap over the coming seasons.

 

During a press conference Wednesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was asked when the league’s new media rights deal with ESPN would have an impact on the NHL’s salary cap. In response, Bettman said the salary cap will likely remain stagnant as part of the four-year collective bargaining agreement extension with the NHLPA.

 

“As part of that, the salary cap is basically going to be flat until we recover the overpayments through the escrow that we’ve built up both in the return to play from last season, which obviously had to be concluded under different circumstances, and this season we’re obviously… there’s a major escrow building up because of the fact that there’s no attendance,” Bettman said.

 

Attendance or lack thereof, Bettman added, directly and indirectly accounts for roughly half of the league’s revenues.

 

“So I think everybody is focusing on a flat cap or a near-flat cap for the immediate future,” he said.

 

The upper limit for the salary cap this season is listed as $81.5 million. The number was unchanged from the 2019-20 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Solid post

 

I think this impacts Pettersson and Hughes contracts. Rising contracts are based on a inflation of the Cap, it could very well be that contracts will be flat.

It is difficult to anticipate, as Barzal's contract is pretty meager, and was signed this way, yet there are other ones that are certainly inflationary.

 

Very Interesting.......and should bring on some interesting debate......................

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3 hours ago, 24K PureCool said:

Well all of them except region blackouts.

Right guess it's time to give my wallet to our mouse overloard.

OK, as long as all of the games are available (think regional blackout games should get uploaded 72 hours later or something). Hopefully they'll keep the condensed game option from NHL TV as well. That was nice to have. 

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6 minutes ago, Boris Badenov said:

OK, as long as all of the games are available (think regional blackout games should get uploaded 72 hours later or something). Hopefully they'll keep the condensed game option from NHL TV as well. That was nice to have. 

Yeah it will be up 48 hours later for black outs or you can be a filthy pirate and use a vpn. :ph34r:

 

https://www.nhl.com/info/nhltv-blackout-detector

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Wait, so ESPN + is asking for a TV provider. Do we need to sign up for Hulu as well (or another cable provider) to access all of games? 

 

"Also, ESPN+ and Hulu — which will use the ESPN broadcasts on its streaming platform — will feature 75 exclusive-rights national games. That means that if the Bruins are slated to appear in a game streaming exclusively on ESPN+ or rHulu, the only way for fans in the Boston market to watch it will be on one of those streaming services."

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.boston.com/sports/media/2021/03/11/espn-watch-nhl-games-tv-deal/%3famp=1

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10 minutes ago, Boris Badenov said:

Wait, so ESPN + is asking for a TV provider. Do we need to sign up for Hulu as well (or another cable provider) to access all of games? 

 

"Also, ESPN+ and Hulu — which will use the ESPN broadcasts on its streaming platform — will feature 75 exclusive-rights national games. That means that if the Bruins are slated to appear in a game streaming exclusively on ESPN+ or rHulu, the only way for fans in the Boston market to watch it will be on one of those streaming services."

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.boston.com/sports/media/2021/03/11/espn-watch-nhl-games-tv-deal/%3famp=1

That is a horribly worded sentence. What that means is there are 75 national broadcasts that are exclusive to espn that will also be streamed on espn+ and hulu and not the regional broadcast partners.

 

So you are good with just espn+. Pretty good deal consider they also have the streaming rights for the nhl playoffs without the need to 'surf' to another country.

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