It's good to be the Los Angeles Kings. The National Hockey League's Western Conference champions are not only two games away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, but the team has just signed a new rights renewal pact with Fox Sports into the next decade.
The Kings, who host the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at Staples Center, have reached a new contract with Fox Sports West that will keep the club on the RSN through the 2023-2024 season. The contract encompasses about 75 regular-season games annually, plus pre-season contests and select first-round playoffs coverage.
As such, the Kings became the latest southern California club to ink a new rights deal, following the Los Angeles Lakers deal with Time Warner Cable that will result in the tipoff of a pair of RSNs, including the nation's first dedicated Spanish-language service, on Oct. 1. Fox Sports West had been the longtime cable home of the famed NBA franchise.
For their part, Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reached a 20-year deal with Fox Sports West this past off-season. Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres, whose games had been televised for 15 years by Cox SD4 channel, are now on FS San Diego.
Meanwhile, Fox Sports sister RSN Prime Ticket holds Los Angeles Dodgers rights through the 2013 MLB season and an exclusive negotiating window through Nov. 30. Time Warner Cable is among the parties interested in the ballclub's media rights, should they become available.
Elsewhere, Prime Ticket holds the rights for several more years to NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
"The LA Kings are very excited and proud to continue what has been an extremely rewarding partnership with our friends at Fox Sports West," said Kings president of business operations, Luc Robitaille in a statement. "Los Angeles is truly experiencing a historic period for our franchise, and this new agreement will provide us with multiple opportunities and platforms to showcase our team and its talented group of players for many years to come."
Noted Fox Sports Networks executive vice president Jeff Krolik: "We're pleased that the Kings will be a part of the Fox Sports family for a long time to come. Their amazing playoff run has energized this town and we couldn't be more proud to be Partners with them."
Added Steve Simpson, senior vice president and general manager, Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket:
"We're excited that Fox Sports West will remain the Kings' local TV home. We want to thank Tim Leiweke, Luc Robitaille, and the entire Kings organization for their efforts in making this deal happen."