Premier Hockey Federation extends two-year broadcast deal with ESPN

The Premier Hockey Federation and ESPN have agreed to a two-year broadcast deal that will see PHF games shown on ESPN+ throughout the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons, ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reports.

The two-year deal will include live coverage of all PHF games, special events and Isobel Cup playoffs. It will also provide international rights for the games, including broadcast on TSN in Canada via the network’s five television streams and live streaming via and the TSN app.

« ESPN’s continued commitment to championing PHF and being teammates in making women’s professional hockey accessible to more fans, worldwide, is a win for our sport and the entire PHF community. Their support reinforces the PHF’s mission to grow the game for the long term and build the best and most enduring home for women’s professional hockey,” PHF Commissioner Reagan Carey said in a league statement.

Last season, in its first year under contract, the PHF, the only professional women’s hockey league in North America, reached a milestone when the Isobel Cup final aired on ESPN+ between Boston Pride and the Connecticut Whale. It was ESPN’s first time producing a linear show of professional women’s hockey.

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“Expanding our valued relationship with ESPN over the next two years ensures we can showcase talented athletes and competitive action on the ice, share incredible stories off the ice, provide our partners with a platform to connect with fans and engage our dedicated fan base while introducing PHF to a wider global audience,” Carey said in the release.

The regular season and schedule for the eighth season of the PHF will be announced at a later date. With the expansion of the league and the addition of a seventh franchise in Montreal, there is a lot of excitement in the hockey world.

« As we follow the growth of women’s hockey around the world, we are energized by the significant progress the PHF has made since the start of our relationship last season, and the exceptional growth on the horizon, » said Patrick Costello, director of digital media programming for ESPN.

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