Media giant ESPN lands exclusive rights to air 2016 Hockey World Cup
Media giant ESPN has been awarded exclusive rights to air 2016 World Cup Hockey which be played at Air Canada Centre, Toronto from Sept 17 to Oct 1 2016. World’s best hockey players will compete for international hockey championship in eight teams. The championships also feature USA, Russia, Canada, Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, North American Young Stars and an All-Star team from European countries.
The participating teams will be divided into two Groups of four and they will each compete in three games within their assigned Group in round-robin format.Top two finishers in each group will proceed to a single-game semifinal against a team from the other group. Semifinals winners will proceed to a best of three final round.
"We are thrilled to resume our partnership with Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League and to work closely with Gary and Don Fehr of the National Hockey League Players Association to make the World Cup of Hockey on ESPN a reality," John Skipper, ESPN President said. "We look forward to presenting this compelling tournament, with national pride at stake, to fans both in the United States and internationally."
"We are excited to have ESPN as our broadcast partner for what is going to be an incredible tournament featuring over 150 of the top hockey players in the world," Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director said. "ESPN's reach and storytelling approach will expose our players' skill and personalities, something that we know will resonate with fans as the tournament unfolds."
The tournaments can also be viewed through live feed on WatchESPN network via phones, Amazon, Fire TV Stick, Apple, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Chromecast and Roku.
Further information on the Hockey World Cup will be released at a later date.