Tony Khan has commented on a recent deal between the NHL and Turner Sports and how the deal may have an effect on AEW’s time slot.
On Busted Open Radio, Khan said that the Wednesday night on TNT slot was their home, but they would consider moving if it was a good deal for both the company and its fans.
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“I know Wednesday night is our slot and our home,” he said. “I’m thrilled with our partnership with TNT. It’s the lifeblood of our company and our primary revenue source and t’s the way most fans get exposed to AEW and see our show. And tonight and every night that we do Dynamite, for a lot of wrestling fans, it’s a really important night of the week. So I want everyone to [be] rest assured that they’re not going to have to worry about these kinds of major…you know, we have a contract with over two and a half years left for Wednesday nights in this slot. And if there was ever an opportunity to move or if there was a deal to be had, I would consider it. If we did something, it would have to be a really good deal for AEW and it would have to make sense for us. As it stands right now, that is the spot we’re in. If we move, I would certainly consider a deal if there was something in it for AEW.”
NHL and Turner Sports announced a seven-year media rights deal this week that will see NHL games air on both TNT and TBS beginning in the 2021-22 season. There has been no indication regarding what days NHL will air on either station.