Recent Decision By Gary Bettman Sparks Outrage Among Canadian NHL Franchises
BY TYLER BALL AUGUST 30, 2023 (7:58 PM)
NHL Screws Over Canadian Franchises
The NHL announced its broadcast schedule for ESPN, ESPN+ and TNT for the 2023-24 season. Several Canadian NHL franchises will not be able to be seen by American viewers on national television this season.
This tweet showcases how many times each team will play on a major network in the United States. Canadian franchises will get 31 total appearances in the national spotlight. However, 29 of these appearances are split between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. The other two games both will go to the Vancouver Canucks.
Some Of America's Brightest Stars Not Showcased On National Television
With this announcement, it means that the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens along with two other Canadian teams will get no appearances on American primetime.
This is especially surprising as the Ottawa Senators have Jake Sanderson and Brady Tkachuk who are two of the up-and-coming Americans in the game today. Montreal of course has star sniper Cole Caufield. He is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable American players in the NHL. Unfortunately for both the Canadian teams and American viewers Caufield and the Canadiens will not be showcased this season.
This is the latest in a disappointing start for the television deal with TNT and ESPN. Not showcasing every team that the NHL has to offer us a significant oversight. Especially when some of those teams have American stars.
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