NESN Re-Ups Hockey East Through 2014-15; Unveils Flex Scheduling

NESN and The Hockey East Association have extended their television rights agreement through the 2014-15 season. The New England RSN will televise at least 16 games per season and will employ a new “flex” scheduling plan that will allow Hockey East and NESN to pick the best games during the closing weeks of the regular season.

The schedule includes five Hockey East Tournament games in 2012, including the Women’s Championship game plus exclusive New England rights to the men’s tournament semifinal games and championship game from TD Garden in Boston. In addition, four games will air immediately following Bruins Saturday afternoon games.

All 10 Hockey East teams will appear on NESN each season. Pre or post-game shows will be produced around all games from NESN’s studios in Watertown, MA

“NESN’s affiliation with Hockey East dates back to the network’s beginnings in 1984 and the conference continues to deliver the best hockey action that the college game has to offer,” says Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “As the conference continues to grow in popularity both here in New England and nationally, we are excited to continue to enhance our coverage of Hockey East.”

“This is the final and perhaps most important piece of our television future,” says Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “While our recent announcements on national television remain significant to the growth of the conference, the fact is we play our games here, we sell our tickets here and we still recruit a large number of our hockey players out of New England. NESN allows us to reach the people who care about Hockey East the most.”