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Monday Night Hockey to move away from Sportsnet: Important changes

Published April 2, 2024 at 4:36 PM

NHL fans across Canada could be forced with a new way to watch the game they love on Monday nights starting in the 2024-25 season.

According to a reporter from YYZ Sports Media by the name of Jonah, Monday Night Hockey, which debuted on Sportsnet in October 2022, is reportedly set to be offloaded by Rogers to Amazon, where the games would be shown on Prime Video starting this fall and for the final two-years of the telecommunication company's deal with the NHL.

"As anticipation builds for this years playoffs, there is news brewing about the upcoming NHL season, whispers in the sports world hint at a potential game-changing move: Amazon's potential takeover of the entire Monday night package from Rogers. While details remain scarce, the murmurs suggest that Rogers, burdened by the weight of the deal, may be looking to offload the Monday night games to the Seattle-based tech giant." Jonah of YYZ Sports Media said.

With the NHL's broadcasting rights up for sale in the 2012, Rogers Communications stepped up, agreeing to a 12-year, $5.2 billion deal. Over the course of the deal, it's been reported that Rogers is losing money and in order to get back some of those losses, they're looking to Amazon to make a deal for Monday Night Hockey.

As mentioned, Monday Night Hockey debuted on Sportsnet in October of 2022 after Rogers decided to cancel Hometown Hockey, which had been a staple for eight years on Sunday's. As a result, Sportsnet and Rogers launched Monday Night Hockey to have an early-week broadcast in Canada to replace Hometown Hockey.

While it's unclear when or if this deal between Rogers and Amazon will become official, but if it does, it could affect how fans watch the Vancouver Canucks, should any of their games be chosen for Monday Night Hockey during the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons.

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Monday Night Hockey to move away from Sportsnet: Important changes

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