ESPN Agrees To Deal With KHL To Broadcast League In The U.S.
The Kontinental Hockey League has "struck a deal" with ESPN to broadcast matches from the Russian-based league in the U.S., according to RIA NOVOSTI. The KHL covers six countries and is "widely regarded as the second-best hockey league" in the world after the NHL. In a statement, the league said the deal covers the "current KHL championship." The first KHL match on U.S. TV will be champions Dynamo Moscow against former champions Ak Bars Kazan on Wednesday, which is "likely to feature" Washington Capitals player Alexander Ovechkin. The broadcast agreement also covers Britain (RIA NOVOSTI, 10/2).