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Docuseries ‘Quest for the Stanley Cup’ Returns

Quest for the Stanley Cup, the NHL and ESPN+ Originals docuseries that provides unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the teams left in the hunt for hockey’s most hallowed prize, returns Friday with the first of seven weekly installments. Back for an eighth season, the docuseries picks up with the last eight teams in the playoffs this […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Bets That ‘Inside the NBA’ Can Give It an Edge in Unusual Upfront

With the writers strike sowing doubt about long-term scripted entertainment, and the overall advertising market still in a downturn, Warner Bros. Discovery and other major media companies are now leaning into a form of entertainment that has proven to be resilient: Live sports. And it is a particularly strong moment for sports at WBD, which […]

Connor McDavid to Appear on NHL Network Special This Weekend

Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, now on a quest for his first Stanley Cup, will appear on a half-hour NHL Network special this weekend to pick up two other pieces of valuable hardware along the way. McDavid will accept his third straight and fifth overall Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring champion and his […]

Nashville Predators Go ‘Behind the Glass’ in Return of NHL Docuseries 

The Nashville Predators are being put under the microscope for the all-access training camp docuseries Behind the Glass, produced by the NHL Network in association with NHL Original Productions. Beginning Wednesday, players will be mic’d up for the four-part series that premieres at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 30. Viewers will get an inside look […]

TIFF: Unmasking Hockey’s Troubled Racial History in ‘Black Ice’

Canadians have long defined themselves through the game of ice hockey, some more than others. Despite the NHL success of such Black Canadian players as Grant Fuhr, Tony McKegney, Devante Smith-Pelly, Wayne Simmonds, Darnell Nurse, Evander Kane and P.K. Subban, the nation’s winter pastime has remained a bastion of whiteness. With the documentary Black Ice, […]

Pro Sports’ Dilemma: Ownership or Rich TV Rights Deals?

For the major U.S. sports leagues, changing viewer habits and lucrative TV deals are giving way to a happy dilemma: Do they forge a direct relationship with fans? Or do they lean on their media partners to help them win the streaming wars? Increasingly, the answer seems to be both. The latest effort to split […]

NHL Suspends Business, Social Media Ties With Russia

The National Hockey League is sending Russia to the penalty box. The pro hockey league is suspending business with partners in Russia, including holding competitions there, after the invasion of Ukraine. “The National Hockey League condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and urges a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible. Effective immediately, we are suspending our […]

Disney to Pay NHL $350M for Stake in Streaming Tech Platform

The Walt Disney Co. will pay the National Hockey League $350 million to buy the league’s 10 percent stake in Disney Streaming Services, the Disney subsidiary that manages the technology platforms that power the company’s streaming services, like Disney+ and ESPN+. Disney Streaming Services was previously known as BAMTech. The NHL had an option to […]

Will Arnett to Narrate Toronto Maple Leafs Docuseries ‘All Or Nothing’ for Amazon

Will Arnett has been tapped to narrate the Amazon docuseries All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs, as the streaming giant ramps up production of local Canadian content series. Arnett, who voices Batman in the animated Lego feature film franchise, will host all five episodes of the Canadian Amazon Original docuseries set to premiere Oct. 1 […]

LeBron James, Drake, Maverick Carter to Exec Produce Hockey Racial Reckoning Doc ‘Black Ice’

NBA superstar LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter are set to executive produce Black Ice, a feature documentary about the game of hockey’s racial reckoning. The film from Uninterrupted Canada and The SpringHill Company, which was founded by James and business partner Carter, is about Black hockey players facing systemic racism in the sport and […]

Charles Barkley Says COVID-19 Vaccinations Should be Mandatory for All Pro Athletes

Charles Barkley did not hold back when asked his opinion about those who choose to forgo the COVID-19 vaccination. In a recent interview with CNBC, the NBA icon-turned analyst said, “The only people who are not vaccinated are just assholes. Yes, I’m vaccinated. Everybody should be vaccinated. Period.” Barkley, who is known for being outspoken […]

NHL to Team Up With Clubhouse for 2021 Stanley Cup Final

The National Hockey League is teaming up with Clubhouse to give hockey fans an inside look at this year’s Stanley Cup Final. Beginning this Sunday on the NHL Club, hockey fans will be able to have conversations with the participating teams in the finals for virtual media days, hosted by NBC’s Anson Carter and Sportsnet’s […]