Beanpot Finds Home on NESN

The 50th anniversary Beanpot will be televised on New England Sports Network (NESN), according to a report in the Boston Globe.

The annual hockey classic, played on the first two Monday nights in February, ran into television difficulties a year ago when WABU, a local Boston television station that showed Boston University games as well as the Beanpot, changed its television format, eliminating college hockey at midseason. AT&T Broadband, the local digital cable provider, picked up the Beanpot at the 11th hour.

The announcement comes just one week after the ECAC revealed it will not renew its television contract with NESN for this season, sighting lack of funding for production costs. NESN has long broadcast college hockey in New England, dating all the way back to the inaugural Hockey East championship game in 1985.

Four years ago, NESN lost Hockey East coverage to Fox Sports New England, a second regional cable sports network.

This year’s Beanpot will take place on Feb. 4 and 11 at the FleetCenter in Boston.