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SBD/October 3, 2012/Media
KHL Signs Deal To Air Games On ESPN3; Alex Ovechkin Among Those To Be Featured
Published October 3, 2012
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STAYING POWER? SI.com's Stu Hackel noted the plan is to "have English language commentary for these games, although just who will be sitting in Bristol and calling the game off a monitor has not been announced." It is "really unclear how many fans will actually tune in past their initial curiosity" (SI.com, 10/2). CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty wrote the "mere action of ESPN getting involved with a competing pro hockey league has to deepen the concern of [Gary] Bettman and the NHL owners -- no matter how mild it is -- that the hockey consumer is ready for life to go on without the NHL." In the age of "live-streaming video, satellite television and 100 percent coverage of everything under the sun on the Internet along with minor league and college hockey, diehard puck fans will find another outlet while the owners and players prepare for battle over a billion dollars" (CSNNE.com, 10/2).