Representatives from the NHL and its Players’ Association are meeting again Tuesday to negotiate at least some topics for a new collective bargaining agreement. Meanwhile, fans are disgruntled and another hockey league is taking advantage of the dearth of games.
ESPN3 will broadcast games from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, including three in the next eight days featuring Alex Ovechkin’s Dynamo Moscow. ESPN3 will allow fans in the United States to see live KHL hockey on their computers or compatable devices.
The debut for ESPN3 and the KHL this season will be Oct. 3: Dynamo Moscow vs. Ak Bars Kazan. The KHL has had games on ESPN3 the past two seasons, though this has obviously gotten more attention given the NHL lockout.
ESPN3 is available to 73 million households in the U.S. Games will be available in the U.S., its territories and Great Britain but not in Canada. According to various reports, the KHL is working on a Canadian TV deal.
It’s not quite like having hockey on ESPN television, but it’s one way for fans to get their fix, much in the way American soccer fans can watch European games online.