NHL Scores First Carriage Deal

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The National Hockey League has finally joined the three other major pro sports leagues in distributing its own 24-hour sports network.

Time Warner Cable announced Thursday that is offering the NHL Network on its sport tier. The deal marks the first time the network, which launched in Canada in 2001, will be offered to U.S. cable subscribers.

The network will offer 50 live regular-season games, in addition to classic games, documentaries, instructional shows, highlights and more.

NHL executives could not be reached for comment to determine if any other MSOs are expected to launch the service, which officially launched in the U.S. Oct. 1.

The NHL joins the National Football League’s NFL Network, the National Basketball Association’s NBA TV and Major League Baseball’s soon-to-be launched MLB Channel as leagues with 24-hour sports services.

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