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Returning to dance on Monday’s episode will be actors Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio and Chelsea Kane, athletes Hines Ward and Chris Jericho, singer Romeo, and reality star Kendra Wilkinson.

NBC Sports inks deal for rights to NHL

If anyone needed more proof that live sports is the holy grail in an increasingly time-shifted and fragmented TV environment, NBC Sports’ $2 billion, 10-year deal for exclusive rights to the National Hockey League is it.

At more than $200 million annually, the new deal more than doubles the yearly rights fees NBC and Versus are paying for the NHL under the current deal, which expires at the end of the season. Not bad for a sport that when it was on ESPN was jockeying for position with poker.

The deal is the first major sports rights contract since the Comcast-NBC Universal merger put Comcast’s Versus in NBC Sports Group chairman Dick Ebersol’s portfolio. It will be the cornerstone in the rebranding of Versus, which Mr. Ebersol said will get a new name in three months.

“Our wonderful run of not paying anything [for the NHL] for a number of years is over with this deal,” Mr. Ebersol joked during a meeting with reporters Tuesday.

But NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he had “no regrets” over the league’s previous six-year deal with NBC and Versus, valued at a relatively modest $75 million annually. He added that NBC Sports has been a “tremendous partner” that should get some credit for “positioning” the NHL as the hotly pursued sports property it has become. Suitors this time around included Fox Sports, Turner and last-to-fold ESPN.

“When we looked at the entire field,” Mr. Bettman said, “it was clear we were going to go with the incumbent.”

Added Mr. Ebersol: “But isn’t it nice to know others think you’re pretty?”

According to the new deal, which runs through the 2020-21 season, NBC Sports obtains digital rights across all platforms and devices for the games it televises. NBC will continue to broadcast a regular-season “game of the week” along with the NHL Winter Classic and “Hockey Day in America.”

Versus also will get an exclusive “game of the week,” as well as NHL Premiere Games, NHL Faceoff, the NHL All-Star Game and any future NHL Heritage Classic outdoor games in Canada.

NBC and Versus will again divvy up the Stanley Cup Finals similar to the current arrangement, which has the first two games on NBC with Versus getting Games 3 and 4 and NBC getting the remaining games, as necessary. NBC also will build a new studio for the NHL Network at its existing facility in Stamford, Conn.

‘Bewitched’ creator dies at age 100

Sol Saks, a veteran comedy writer who created the classic ABC sitcom “Bewitched,” died April 16 in Los Angeles at age 100, a publicist announced Tuesday.

Mr. Saks wrote just one episode of the Screen Gems sitcom, the pilot episode titled, “I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha.”

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