PHILADELPHIA – Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders announced Thursday, in an exclusive partnership, that all regular-season and postseason games for both teams will stream live from Radio.com, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content. As part of the agreement, the broadcasts will be available free via Radio.com’s app and website as well as the NHL, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders mobile apps and website. The digital stream commences at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Islanders' game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. The first Devils streamed competition features the team’s matchup against the Edmonton Oilers at 1 p.m. Saturday from the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition, WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM and 660 AM will promote all live, digital streams and air select head-to-head matchups between the two teams.
The partnership marks WFAN’s 14th consecutive season as the flagship station for the New Jersey Devils, who exclusively streamed 53 games last season on The One Jersey Network. Both teams are expected to roll out additional, exclusive content and develop new pregame, postgame and weekly shows on the new platform as the season progresses.
“We’re excited to expand our partnership with the New Jersey Devils and add the New York Islanders,” said Jeff Sottolano, senior vice president for Entercom. “As the fastest growing digital audio app in the United States and unrivaled leader in local sports coverage, Radio.com aims to become a daily habit for the millions of users we reach each month, including tri-state hockey fans.”
“Technology continues to evolve the ways fans follow their teams, over the last few years we have been focused on creating new platforms for our fans to engage with our teams,” said Hugh Weber, president of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the Devils and Prudential Center. “Specifically in terms of our audio rights, we have taken a conscious, phased approach in digitally streaming our games with the mission of making our broadcasts available when and where our fans choose.”
“The way our fanbase consumes information about the New York Islanders is constantly changing," said Lou Lamoriello, Islanders president and general manager. "As an organization, we want to work with new platforms that will continue to give our fans that information in cutting edge areas. The ability to partner with Entercom while still having a presence on WFAN, allows our fanbase to not only listen to live game broadcasts, but receive exclusive content that will make them feel closer to the team.”
The game between the Devils and Oilers in Gothenburg, Sweden, is part of the NHL’s Global Series. The team’s first regular-season home game at Prudential Center will take place against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Radio.com currently has over 300 stations and 1,100 podcasts, with more added continuously, on its rapidly growing platform. It is available on home and auto-connected devices including Amazon Alexa, Amazon FireTV, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Google Chromecast, Roku and Sonos. Radio.com is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the country.
Entercom is the parent company of WFAN.