Smartphones Help NHL, Verizon Expand Fan Access to Hockey

This week, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the National Hockey League (NHL), NBC Sports Group, and Verizon Wireless made a big announcement to the pleasure of hockey fans everywhere.

But especially those with smartphones.

The media, sports, and mobile powerhouses listed above have banded together for a multi-year partnership renewal that will bring Verizon customers closer to the game than ever before with exclusive content via the Verizon edition of the NHL GameCenter smartphone and tablet apps.

For the first time, the NHL will offer customers of the Verizon NHL GameCenter Premium App the ability to stream programming.

According to the announcement, the content offerings will take fans inside all the action from around the League, including live look-ins, real-time scores, team press conferences, expert analysis, and on-location access to such League events as the NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Weekend and Stanley Cup Final.

“With more fans using mobile phones and tablets to access NHL content, we are focused on growing this area to provide the best customer experience possible,” said Keith Wachtel, Senior Vice President of Integrated Sales at the NHL. “An important step in accomplishing this is to extend our partnership with Verizon, a leader in the wireless category, to bring our tech-savvy fans the premium NHL content they demand through the medium of their choice.”