October 23, 2017
ESPN getting back into the hockey market with streaming service

ESPN getting back into the hockey market with streaming service

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Thought the World Cup of Hockey was the last of ESPN’s hockey coverage?

Not so fast.

Even though the self-proclaimed “worldwide leader in sports” nearly cleared house of its hockey reporters this spring, it could be broadcasting NHL games as soon as early 2018.

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In a press release Tuesday parent company Disney announced that it has acquired majority ownership of BAMTech, the streaming service started by Major League Baseball. Disney went in for 33 percent of the company last August for $1 billion. Tuesday it acquired an additional 42 percent for $1.58 billion.

“The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge those connections, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to shifts in the market,” Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger said in the press release. “This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an…

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