Sm-Liiga has signed a new contract settling TV broadcast rights from 2008-2013. The new deal is almost business as usual, but Nelonen will get a 'game of the month' to show live. This is an excellent idea, giving broader exposure but retaining the lucrative Canal+ money for the Tuesday and Thursday matches.
It breaks down like this:
Tuesday and Thursday matches in the regular season
Exclusive rights to the first round of the play-offs
Dual rights to the semi-finals with Nelonen
Game of the month on a Saturday at 5pm
Joint rights to the semi-finals
Exclusive rights to the finals
This deal will begin from next season, so it does not affect the 2007-08 campaign.