The New Jersey Devils will have seven games broadcasted on ESPN, ESPN Plus and Hulu platforms and two games on TNT for the upcoming 2022-23 NHL season.
What’s interesting is all nine games showcasing the Devils on the national stage are on the road.
Why is that?
You mean to tell me that these media executives on both networks and the NHL could not find one single Devils home game in Newark to broadcast? It is a petty snub if you ask me. They’ll miss out on future great moments such as the “stick toss” to a Devils fan after scoring the overtime goal against the Blackhawks. It was a Jack Hughes Original spontaneous moment and a thing of beauty in front of the home crowd.
Devils will start their season in Philadelphia on October 13th on ESPN Plus.
Comcast Vs. MSG Entertainment
This standoff has reached Year 2 with no end in sight. It is pathetic that they still cannot come up with an agreement. The war of words and mudslinging between the two entities have left Devils, Rangers, and Islanders fans having to find inconvenient ways to watch their respective teams in their local markets.
With New Jersey’s archaic telecom territorial rights laws, some New Jersey hockey fans do not have easy access to other alternative local TV service providers other than satellite TV or streaming services. You should never alienate your customers and this is not good for the NHL when you have three hockey fan bases that have to find other alternatives to watch their favorite team. The barrier to entry should be easy.
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