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Amazon acquires rights to 12 NHL teams

In light of the bankruptcy of Bally Sports and Entertainment, Amazon has made a move to secure the rights to broadcast the games of 12 NHL teams.

Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Diamond Sports Group, the parent company of Bally Sports. As a result, NHL games will now be available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

The regional sports network filed for bankruptcy last year, putting local media rights for 37 teams across the NBA, MLB, and NHL in jeopardy.

Now, customers can watch games on Amazon Prime.

Prime video will now be showing NHL games for 12 teams which includes pre-game and post-game shows.

Those 12 teams include the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.

With Involvement from Amazon, there is hope that accessibility to local games will be enhanced, leading to broader audiences.

This is certainly an exciting opportunity for the NHL to get yet another big name partner under their wing, much like their recent deal with ESPN, and how much of an impact it has had on attracting new viewers and larger audiences across the U.S.



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