SBD/March 30, 2012/Media

The Story Of The Hurricanes: NHL Team Signs Multiyear Extension With FS Carolinas

Only 65 regular-season games airing on FS Carolinas this season under current deal
The Hurricanes have reached a multiyear TV rights deal with FS Carolinas "that will bring the team added exposure and added revenue, and could enhance their opportunity to pursue some of the league's best free agents," according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. Starting with the '13-14 season, all Hurricanes games will be televised by FS Carolinas "or by the NHL's national TV partners." Alexander notes that under the team's current deal, 65 of 82 regular-season games will air on FS Carolinas this season. Hurricanes President & GM Jim Rutherford said, "Based on where we started when we first came to this market (in 1997), it's big for us. ... It's a long-term deal with a nice increase in our rights fees. It helps strengthen our business." The net will "continue to produce the pregame and postgame shows" under the new deal. Of the Hurricanes' ability to sign top-end free agents, Rutherford said the new TV deal "helps us grow as a business and gives us that possibility." Rutherford: "We're not just going to sign anybody. The guy we're looking for will be a top-tier player" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 3/30).
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