ESPN to take NHL to Europe and Africa

International sports broadcaster ESPN has struck a deal that will see it air US hockey league NHL across Europe and Africa.

The Disney-owned broadcaster has acquired the rights from Advisers Media International, Medge Consulting and the National Hockey League and will air it on its ESPN America channel, which reaches nearly 19 million homes. It will broadcast six live games per week as well as coverage of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoff and the finals.

Jeroen Oerlemans, vice-president and head of channels, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We’re very excited about continuing coverage of the NHL on ESPN America for millions of sports fans across Europe. We know that hockey has a passionate and loyal following and we will continue to serve them with great games and coverage.”