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Chicago Blackhawks, WGN-TV agree to 3-year extension for TV deal

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks and WGN-TV have agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 NHL season.

The team and the station announced the extension on Friday. Comcast SportsNet Chicago shows most Blackhawks games, but WGN-TV broadcasts 20 regular-season games each year.

Team President John McDonough says WGN-TV “has been a highly-valued member of the Blackhawks family.”

According to the release announcing the deal, ratings for Blackhawks games on WGN-TV have increased by more than 200 per cent since 2008. Larry Wert, the president of Tribune Broadcasting, says they expect the team to continue to grow in popularity.

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The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and are still alive in this year’s playoffs. The Western Conference final begins on Sunday.