The Vegas Golden Knights and Scripps Sports have agreed a multi-year deal that will make it possible for residents of Nevada and those living within the team’s broadcast territory to watch locally broadcast Golden Knights games for free.
Scripps Sports is a division of The E.W. Scripps Company and only launched in December of 2022. According to the latest announcement, the Golden Knights are actually the first professional sports team to sign a deal with Scripps Sports.
What is notable here from a streaming standpoint is that the announcement also confirms that the Golden Knights and Scripps Sports are working to provide fans with a direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming option as part of the partnership.
Unfortunately, no further details on how this DTC streaming option will work or cost were provided. Instead, the announcement simply explains that more details on the streaming option will be confirmed once plans are finalized.
In terms of the general deal, the agreement provides Scripps with the rights to televise all non-nationally exclusive Golden Knights games on cable, satellite and over-the-air television.
While Vegas Golden Knights games will be shown on KMCC (channel 34), the channel is due to be rebranded as an independent station before the beginning of the 2023-24 NHL season. After which, the plan is for the ION programming that’s currently shown on KMCC to be moved over to another Las Vegas broadcast channel.
Following the channel rebrand, the new independent station will provide viewers with access to local and national news, local sports and additional entertainment programming, alongside the Golden Knights games. In addition to the games, pregame and postgame coverage will also be available to watch on the channel for free.