Hurricanes Renew with FOX in Deal That Will Get Every Game on TV By 2013-14

Real good news for the great fans in Carolina from Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer:

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed a new television rights deal that general manager Jim Rutherford calls a “big step” for the franchise.

The Hurricanes and Fox Sports Carolinas have reached a multi-year agreement that will bring the team added exposure and added revenue, and could enhance their opportunity to pursue some of the league’s best free agents. Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, all of the Canes games — regular-season and playoffs — will be televised by Fox Sports Carolinas or by the NHL’s national TV partners.

“Based on where we started when we first came into this market (in 1997), it’s big for us,” Rutherford said Thursday. “While not getting into the specifics, it’s a long-term deal with a nice increase in rights fees. It helps strengthen our business.”

Under the current television deal, 65 of the Hurricanes’ 82 regular-season games are being shown this season. The number of the televised games will remain the same in the 2012-2013 season.