National Women’s Hockey League’s First TV Deal Is With NESN
New England Sports Network (NESN) will air eight Boston Pride games for the remainder of the 2015-16 National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) season. This new partnership marks the NWHL’s first broadcasting agreement during the league’s inaugural season. The NESN schedule begins Nov. 22 when the Pride host the New York Riveters at 3:00 pm.
“The broadcast value of the women’s game has never been better, and we’re happy NESN is providing a stage for and shining a spotlight on some of the best players in the world,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan.
“This is a great opportunity for women’s hockey to reach the four million viewers in NESN’s coverage area. Harvard Athletics and the staff at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center deserve a big thank you for their support of this deal.”
The Boston Pride, one of four teams in the NWHL, play their home games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on the campus of Harvard University. Bright-Landry was recently remodeled, and has historically prided itself on being a state-of-the-art facility for video production and broadcasting.
“We are excited to become the first television partner of the NWHL during its inaugural season,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s Vice President of Programming & Production. “Some of the best women hockey players in the world will play on NESN this winter. We hope fans will catch this new league on Sunday afternoons.”
The following Boston Pride games will be broadcasted on NESN and/or NESNplus:
Sun. November 22nd vs. New York Riveters 3PM (ET) – NESN
Sun. November 29th vs. Connecticut Whale 3PM (ET) – NESN
Sun. December 6th vs. New York Riveters 3:30PM (ET) – NESN
Sun. December 20th vs. Buffalo Beauts 3PM (ET) – NESNplus
Sun. January 3rd vs. Buffalo Beauts 3PM (ET) – NESNplus
Sun. January 10th vs. New York Riveters 3PM (ET) – NESNplus
Sun. January 17th vs. Connecticut Whale 3PM (ET) – NESN
Sun. February 14th vs. Connecticut Whale 3PM (ET) – NESNplus
All of the games on the NESN schedule will also be broadcast on the NWHL’s YouTube channel via the NWHL Live: Cross Ice Pass for fans living outside the New England area.