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TV2 Norway renews domestic ice hockey rights

TV2 Norway has struck a six-season deal to renew its rights to the top-tier domestic ice hockey league, the Get-ligaen.

The deal, announced yesterday, will run from 2018-19 to 2023-24. Commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV2 struck the deal with the Norwegian ice hockey federation (Norges Ishockeyforbund) and Norsk Topphockey, the league’s media and marketing arm.

TV2 will show up to 270 matches per season: it is expected to show up to 60 matches per season on its linear channels, with all other matches available on its TV2 Sumo OTT platform.

Norges Ishockeyforbund president Tage Pettersen said there were “two very good candidates [bidding] right into the final round”. TV2 is said to be paying significantly more in the new deal than in its previous three-season deal, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The new TV2 deal was brokered by the Commercial Sports Media agency, which advised on the latest media-rights deals of the Swedish Hockey League and Finland’s SM-Liiga.