With the NHL’s new TV deal bringing the league back to ESPN, the network has announced new related programming.
The Point is scheduled to premiere at 5 p.m. ET Oct. 7 on ESPN2. The show will air on ESPN during the opening week of the league’s 2021-22 regular season, Oct. 12-15. From there, it will move to an afternoon time slot on ESPN2 — 3 p.m. ET on Thursdays.
Additionally, it will simulcast on ESPN+ and on-demand replay, as well as through the ESPN App.
John Buccigross will anchor The Point. He will also serve as play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s NHL games this season. Currently, Buccigross co-hosts the 11p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.
Executive Producer Andy Tennant talked about the launch of The Point in a prepared statement.
“Our goal is to make The Point essential viewing for hockey fans”, said Tennant. “Our approach is informed by our experience as sports storytellers. The features will go deep – telling the story of the NHL as only our team can. And in John Buccigross, we have the perfect host. He has credibility with every hockey fan—and his knowledge and passion for the sport, along with his skills in this role, give us the foundation for everything we’re doing.”
Buccigross added, “If NHL 2Night had a child it would be The Point. Like any good parent, our goal is to make this hockey kid even better than its parents. Stoked to get going!”
The ESPN networks’ coverage of the NHL was reached in March. The deal is for seven years and includes streaming and media rights, as well as TV broadcast rights. The deal starts with the 2021-22 season.
More information on the ESPN networks’ NHL coverage is available along with all of the latest NHL headlines at https://www.espn.com/nhl.
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