Blackhawks, WGN Extend TV Deal

On Thursday, Chicago Blackhawks’ President John McDonough and Tribune Broadcasting President Larry Wert announced a three-year extension to the Hawks’ deal with WGN television.

The extension, announced on the WGN Midday News, will keep Blackhawks hockey on WGN through the end of the 2018-2019 season; their current agreement is not set to expire for another two years.

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12 Responses to Blackhawks, WGN Extend TV Deal

  1. RyanDale says:

    i don’t suppose this means they will air on wgn america, like other Chicago teams ??

  2. Dave says:

    I don’t think they ever have, RyanDale. If I recall right, when the 1st contract was signed, they said it didn’t include the SuperStation

  3. Randi Cohn says:

    Dear WGN America
    I have been a chicago black hawk fan forever, and now live in Southern california please take into consideration those across the country that want to see the black hawks play and broadcast those games on WGN America there are Chicago Black Hawk fans around our country thank you so much :-)

  4. JB says:

    For cryin out loud, please do SOMETHING so that WGN games will broadcast on DirecTV! I HATE watching the other team feeds!

  5. 'hawks58 says:

    Ugh, as a fan that lives inside the blackout zone for the ‘hawks, yet out of the area that has WGN9 as a local channel, I despise the WGN broadcasts. I have no option to watch those games as I cannot add a local channel to my package, and the games are blacked out if you have Center Ice/Gamecenter Live.

  6. Sr. Brad says:

    Honestly JB, with the banter between Foley and Eddie O becoming more and more bizarre and off topic, you are probably very fortunate. The European feeds on the Hawks games are great…a lot of great former NHLers, like Anders Hedberg, give very open, honest discussion on the players and the game.

  7. RyanDale says:

    guess Im in good company !

  8. Espositive says:

    What a relief to hear someone else express some criticism about Eddie O—I thought it was just me. I can take him when he’s trying to be serious, but his frequent attempts at “humour” are painful as he’s usually the only one laughing…and it then elicits an equally dumb trying-to-be-funny remark from Foley. I also tire of Eddie’s every-period insight of “stick on stick, stick on puck”, although I believe his frequent use of this phrase may have inspired the inventor to come up with the idea of a mute button on the t.v. remote.

    We could certainly have it much worse when it comes to an ex-player now colour commentator. Before the Red Wings ever won a Cup in the 90’s, Mickey Redmond was THE worst homer I’ve ever heard, and it’s amazing I never put my foot through the screen. One classic moment with him was during a Probert-Manson fight, when it appeared that Probert had delivered a punch that felled Manson to the ice. Mickey was hysterically delighted, and as they showed the slow motion replay from a different angle and Probert’s arm cocked back, he excitedly said “HERE IT COMES, HERE IT COMES”…but then this angle showed the punch missed entirely as Manson went to the ice instead as a result of his jersey being pulled by Probert’s other hand. Redmond went completely silent. It was beautiful! However, the “guy in the truck” then decided to replay the original angle, and Redmond had the gall to yell “THERE IT WAS! THERE IT WAS!” as Probert’s fist again appeared to be the cause for Manson’s fall to the ice. What a classic moment of stupidity. However, I will say Mickey mellowed once the Wings won their Cups, and he is actually quite tolerable now, and will even give credit to Wings’ opponents.

    In my opinion, the absolute worst commentator, who I’d love to personally share my critique with, is Brian Hayward of Anaheim. When that utter moron had the nerve to suggest Brent Seabrook was embellishing the hit he took from James Wisniewski as he lay on the ice in a game in March 2010, he should have been ordered removed from future telecasts. The sound of his whiny voice sets me off, and as little as I will listen to him, he is the worst of all NHL team commentators for only seeing things the Anaheim way. It will be very pleasurable indeed if the Hawks get a chance to disappoint that twerp next round.

  9. Mike says:

    Brad, How do you get those European feeds??

  10. RyanDale says:

    below are email comments from WGNAmer. when I chatted with them in jan’14. Keep in mind I think this applies IF you are considered to be living in BHawks home area, which stretches at least the 150miles to me
    __

    Ryan:
    If you contact the Blackhawks, they should be able to clear authorization for you to receive their games through the “NHL Network” and “NHL Center Ice” package. Let me know if you experience any problem doing so.

    Ryan:
    The NHL has not licensed WGN America to nationally televise the Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL enforces the blackouts of their hockey telecasts and we’ve repeatedly asked the Blackhawks to stop blacking out the games that WGN Chicago is televising on their “NHL Network” and “NHL Center Ice” package within the Blackhawks TV territory outside the Chicago area. If you’re unable to see those games on the NHL Network or NHL Center Ice, please contact the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Thanks for writing.

    George

  11. Sr. Brad says:

    Espo, the two things that Eddie O says a lot, and can’t be said enough are “keep your stick on the ice” and “go to the front of the net, good things always happen”. Honestly, what separates a lot of kids from being great Junior players, but can’t stick in the NHL, besides obviously the speed issue, is a lack of heart and willingness to go towards the crease. Defensive coaches know this is trouble, that’s why DMen are trained to whack and hack at anyone who comes to the net. That’s how easy goals go in, with traffic in front of the net. Beyond that Eddie and Foley talk more about the weather than they do the game…”Damn. the Hawks scored another goal Eddie, I didn’t get to finish my story on prostate cancer…”

  12. Sr. Brad says:

    Mike, on the Net, either through MYP2P or on ATDHE…

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