By Jason Powell, Publisher ProWrestling.net (@prowrestlingnet)
WarnerMedia’s Turner Drama is listed as the new favorite to land the second National Hockey League TV show, according to TSN reporter Bob McKenzie. While the deal is unofficial, NBC has reportedly dropped the bidding for the second NHL TV show. ESPN recently landed the first NHL TV package.
Powell’s POV: It’s an interesting development when it comes to professional wrestling, to say the least. We initially assumed that NXT’s switch to Tuesday night on USA Network was to make room for Wednesday night’s NHL doubles. Obviously, that won’t happen now that NBC has pulled out of the tender, which WWE executive Nick Khan appeared to announce during WWE’s first quarter financial appeal on Thursday. .
But what does this mean for AEW Dynamite and Turner Drama? Turner already has an NBA TV package and might end up adding the NHL package on top of that. AEW has a deal with Turner until 2023, but this potential development raises the possibility of a night shift or at least more preemptions. Did NXT switch to Tuesdays because they expect AEW Dynamite to eventually do the same? Probably not.
Tony Khan initially hoped Dynamite would air on Tuesdays, but TNT’s deal with the NBA did not allow that to happen and it likely remains an obstacle. It could be as simple as Dynamite staying on TNT on Wednesdays while TBS or another Turner network airs the double NHL title, or maybe the double NHL title just goes on a different night. So while only time will tell how the move from the NHL to Turner would affect AEW, it’s clearly a story worth following.
This is by no means official, but I hear that the NHL’s new (secondary 🇺🇸) broadcast partner is likely to be @tntdrama, which of course produces @NBAonTNT et al. @espn is the NHL’s premier broadcast partner. https://t.co/pd26AqlvZh
– Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 26, 2021