With Stanley Cup in Sight, Kings Extend Fox Sports West Rights Deal
On the verge of a potential Stanley Cup title, the Los Angeles Kings has announced a new long-term television rights agreement with Fox Sports West that ensures Fox Sports will remain the Kings’ exclusive local television partner well into the next decade.
Under the new agreement, FOX Sports West will televise approximately 75 regular-season Kings games per season, pending games selected for national distribution. The network will also televise select early round playoff match-ups and pre-season games. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
“The LA Kings are very excited and proud to continue what has been an extremely rewarding partnership with our friends at FOX Sports West,” says Kings President, Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. “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.”
As the home of the Kings, FOX Sports West has been delivering exclusive coverage since 1985. Kings telecasts feature Hall-of-Fame Announcer Bob Miller, who has served as the television “Voice of the Kings” for 39 seasons, and Jim Fox, who has provided analysis for the Kings for 23 seasons.
“We’re pleased that the Kings will be a part of the Fox Sports family for a long time to come,” says Jeff Krolik, EVP, Fox Sports Networks. “Their amazing playoff run has energized this town and we couldn’t be more proud to be partners with them.”
FOX Sports West is also the destination for “Kings Live.” Originating live from Chick Hearn Plaza outside STAPLES Center, “Kings Live” provides access to the Kings. As an extension of the game telecast, “Kings Live” is a 30-minute post-game show led by reporter Patrick O’Neal, with added game analysis from Fox. In addition to its regular-season coverage this season, “Kings Live” continues to deliver post-game analysis following every Stanley Cup Playoff game.
“We’re excited that FOX Sports West will remain the Kings’ local TV home,” says Steve Simpson, SVP/GM, FOX Sports West / Prime Ticket. “We want to thank Tim Leiweke, Luc Robitaille, and the entire Kings organization for their efforts in making this deal happen.”
The Kings, who have a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals, host the New Jersey Devils for Game 3 tonight at STAPLES Center at 5 p.m. PT.