While the Los Angeles Kings have been red hot in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team has been working behind the scenes to sweeten its current media rights deal with Fox Sports West. And with Time Warner Cable having already signed the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Galaxy, the Kings were able to parlay a big payday from Fox.
Bill Shaikin from the Los Angeles Times broke the story last night that the Kings signed a deal through 2014 for an estimated total of $250 million. It also keeps a win streak alive for Fox Sports in the LA market as it has signed the Angels and now the Kings along with the Clippers to long term deals, locking all three teams into the next decade.
Fox says the long time announcing team of Bob Miller and Jim Fox will return as will its pregame show, Kings Live hosted by Patrick O’Neal.
We have the press release from Fox Sports.
Exclusive Partnership Extended Well Into the Next Decade
FOX Sports West to Televise Approximately 75 Regular-Season Kings Games per Year
Los Angeles – The Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Kings and FOX Sports West today announced a new long-term television rights agreement that ensures Fox Sports will remain the Kings’ exclusive local television partner well into the next decade.
Under the new agreement, FOX Sports West will televise approximately 75 regular-season Kings games per season, pending games selected for national distribution. The network will also televise select early round playoff match-ups and pre-season games. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
“The LA Kings are very excited and proud to continue what has been an extremely rewarding partnership with our friends at FOX Sports West,” said Kings President, Business Operations, Luc Robitaille. “Los Angeles is truly experiencing a historic period for our franchise, and this new agreement will provide us with multiple opportunities and platforms to showcase our team and its talented group of players for many years to come.”
“We’re pleased that the Kings will be a part of the Fox Sports family for a long time to come,” said Jeff Krolik, Executive Vice President, Fox Sports Networks. “Their amazing playoff run has energized this town and we couldn’t be more proud to be partners with them.”
“We’re excited that FOX Sports West will remain the Kings’ local TV home,” said Steve Simpson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports West/Prime Ticket. “We want to thank Tim Leiweke, Luc Robitaille, and the entire Kings organization for their efforts in making this deal happen.”
As the home of the Kings, FOX Sports West has been delivering exclusive coverage since 1985. Kings telecasts feature Hall-of-Fame Announcer Bob Miller, who has served as the television “Voice of the Kings” for 39 seasons, and Jim Fox, who has provided analysis for the Kings for 23 seasons.
FOX Sports West is also the destination for “Kings Live.” Originating live from Chick Hearn Plaza outside STAPLES Center, “Kings Live” provides unmatched access to the Kings. As an extension of the game telecast, “Kings Live” is a 30-minute post-game show led by reporter Patrick O’Neal, with added game analysis from Fox. In addition to its regular-season coverage this season, “Kings Live” continues to deliver post-game analysis following every Stanley Cup Playoff game.