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ESPN Media Release Regarding KHL Games

Minimum of seven games to be carried exclusively in the US, including the KHL All-Star Game

Games will also air on ESPN in UK

ESPN today officially announced that it will deliver a minimum of seven games from 2012-13 season of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) exclusively on ESPN3 in the US and on ESPN UK.  Coverage begins Tuesday, October 9 at 1 p.m. ET with ESPN SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy and NHL studio analyst Barry Melrose calling the Lev vs. Dynamo Moscow game live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  The game will re-air in primetime on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET and will air on delay on ESPN in the UK (Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. BST).

Confirmed games through the end of the month feature an all-star lineup of hockey players, including Alex Ovechkin (Dynamo Moscow), Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA), Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar (Metallurg Mg).

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Primis's avatar

7 games isn’t much at all.  No offense but I regularly flip on ESPN3 on my XBox 360 and I see what they have to offer live in those timeslots—usually nothing at all.  I watched Cricket (which I understand nothing of and is weird beyond all reason) lately because it was on and live, and there literally was no other choice on there for something live.

It would make a lot more sense for them to commit to more for just only a month or something.  As it stands now it’s unlilkely someone is just going to stumble across it if it’s barely ever on and at a weird timeslot.

They also need to get WatchESPN available on more carriers.  I think it’s stupid beyond all reason that I can stream Big Ten Network live to my tablet, but I can’t stream ESPN because BTN apparently has more carriers than freaking ESPN the “Worldwide Leader”...

Posted by Primis on 10/05/12 at 01:46 PM ET

Primis's avatar

And just out of curiosity I checked.  Right now, (1:50pm on a Friday) there are 0 live events on ESPN3, and there won’t be anything at all until 6:30pm when they pick up Duke vs NC State men’s soccer.

Yet just to check, I checked the KHL site and sure enough, there are games going on right now.  So yes, this is exactly the kind of timeslot they could be filling with the KHL live without interfering with anything else at all.

Posted by Primis on 10/05/12 at 01:57 PM ET


watchespn app is awful. they block all good games.

Posted by FlyersFan on 10/05/12 at 02:08 PM ET


7 games isn’t much at all.

If you check the link, they’ve got 6 games scheduled from the 9th to the 29th of October, so I think it’s probably safe to assume that there will be between 7 and 10 games per month as long as the lockout continues.

Posted by Garth on 10/05/12 at 03:12 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Wow, unleashing Melrose on the KHL…

This should be interesting.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 10/08/12 at 01:13 AM ET

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