NEW YORK — The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and New England Sports Network (NESN), announced Tuesday that NESN will air eight (8) Boston Pride games for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. This new partnership marks the NWHL’s first broadcasting agreement during the league’s inaugural season. The NESN schedule begins this Sunday, Nov. 22 when the Boston Pride host the New York Riveters at 3 p.m. on NESN.
“The broadcast value of the women’s game has never been better, and we’re happy NESN is providing a stage for and shining a spotlight on some of the best players in the world,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan.
“This is a great opportunity for women’s hockey to reach the four million viewers in NESN’s coverage area. Harvard Athletics and the staff at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center deserve a big thank you for their support of this deal.”
The Boston Pride, one of four teams in the NWHL, play their home games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on the campus of Harvard University. Bright-Landry was recently remodeled, and has historically prided itself on being a state-of-the-art facility for video production and broadcasting.
“We are excited to become the first television partner of the NWHL during its inaugural season,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s Vice President of Programming & Production. “Some of the best women hockey players in the world will play on NESN this winter. We hope fans will catch this new league on Sunday afternoons.”
The following Boston Pride games will be broadcast on NESN and/or NESNplus:
Sunday, Nov. 22nd vs. New York Riveters 3 p.m. (ET) – NESN
Sunday, November 29th vs. Connecticut Whale 3 p.m. (ET) – NESN
Sunday, December 6th vs. New York Riveters 3:30 p.m. (ET) – NESN
Sunday, December 20th vs. Buffalo Beauts 3 p.m.(ET) – NESNplus
Sunday, January 3rd vs. Buffalo Beauts 3 p.m. (ET) – NESNplus
Sunday, January 10th vs. New York Riveters 3 p.m. (ET) – NESNplus
Sunday, January 17th vs. Connecticut Whale 3 p.m. (ET) – NESN
Sunday, February 14th vs. Connecticut Whale 3 p.m. (ET) – NESNplus
All of the games on the NESN schedule will also be broadcast on the NWHL’s YouTube channel via the NWHL Live: Cross Ice Pass for fans living outside the New England area.
NESN has consistently been one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. The network is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and an additional 5 million homes nationally as NESN National on digital and sports tiers in nearly 100 DMAs. Forbes Magazine recently ranked NESN as the 9th Most Valuable Sports Business Brand in the world. NESN.com is the most visited regional sports network website in the country. NESN also produces a number of distinctive programs under its umbrella Original NESN Entertainment (ONE). NESN’s social responsibility program, NESN Connects, is proud to support and connect its employees with charitable organizations in our communities. NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins).
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.
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