ESPN+ NHL package should boost league, Disney+ bundles
ESPN+ is sweetening its service in December with a massive, 49-game NHL package, which should be a boon for its bundle with Disney+ and the league itself.
News of this development recently came from the four-letter network itself, with a full schedule of contests featuring all 31 teams.
Already a relative bargain at $4.99 per month, ESPN+ has joined forces with other Disney entertainment properties of late. This development could be mutually beneficial for the exclusive sports platform and the NHL itself.
Which games on the schedule are the best?
Kaplan chose December 9’s clash when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the New York Islanders. Wyshynski opted for a clash between the Colorado Avalanche and the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who are home.
All four teams made the most recent postseason. The Lightning ran away with the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record last season. Unfortunately, they were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the playoffs’ opening round.
Tampa Bay suffered one of the most monumental collapses in modern sports history. Trust it — that’s not overselling the situation.
Disney+ launch sparks instant momentum
Although the new streamer lacks new, original content at the minute, there’s a huge catalog of animated features and classic movies and TV shows to choose from.
Plus, its flagship original TV series, Star Wars’ The Mandalorian, is receiving immense acclaim and is already filming a second season.
The best combination cord-cutting deal on the market
Disney is offering Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu in a bundle all for only $12.99 per month. What a deal! It’s not lost on the corporate giant, either, to parlay this business: this bundle is mentioned at the very end of the cited ESPN press release!
Although the current bundle deal doesn’t include the full perks of Hulu’s sports packages, that’s what ESPN+ is for!
Now with the NHL being much more visible to the Disney+ audience, it ought to see an uptick in ESPN+ numbers. The exposure is beneficial for all parties involved, and only increases Disney’s prominence.