NHL Lockout: How KHL’s ESPN Agreement Affects Work Stoppage

October 2nd, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
While the NHL lockout continues, hockey fans in the United States will still be able to watch many of their favorite stars play this winter because ESPN has agreed to a deal with the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), according to a press release from the league:

The Kontinental Hockey League has reached an agreement with the US sports TV channel ESPN to broadcast games in the 2012/2013 KHL Championship. The games will be shown on the ESPN3 channel in the United States, Territories of the United States, and also in Great Britain. The release also included the first set of games to be shown on ESPN3:

During the first decade of October, the channel will broadcast five KHL games. The planned schedule includes:
Dynamo Moscow vs Ak Bars on Oct. 3rd;
Lev vs SKA on Oct. 6th;
Slovan vs Dynamo Moscow on Oct. 7th;
CSKA vs SKA on Oct. 8th;
Lev vs Dynamo Moscow on Oct. 9th.This is a massive victory for the KHL, one that could significantly boost their popularity and brand in the United States during the coming months. The longer the lockout goes, the more the KHL will benefit from this agreement.

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