The NHL playoffs have left players and coaches with an odd situation: they can’t watch or listen to games, but they can watch them on TV.
In the days leading up to the start of the playoffs, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there will be no playoff coverage for games broadcast on ESPN, NBC, ABC or Fox.
That means a lot of games will be televised on TV networks outside the United States.
The NBA, NBA TV and MLB Network will air games on their networks, and Major League Baseball is looking at the option to televise some of its games.
So will the NHL’s playoff broadcast teams.
“We’re not going to have it all in one place,” Bettman told reporters at a news conference Tuesday.
Bettman and league officials said that the NHL will use a combination of media partners to help promote games and that teams will be allowed to choose who to use.
Bettmen also said the league will use the NBA and MLB networks as a backstop to ensure the broadcasts are accurate.
“In this case, the league is not going the way of the other leagues in that we will use all media partners,” Bettmen said.
“But it will have the benefit of being able to ensure that we do have a clear and complete picture of the game.
We are going to make sure we do that.”
Bettman added that the league’s broadcast partners would not be responsible for any content or footage that does not appear on the network.
He said the NBA will provide a digital stream to its network.
“The NBA and the NHL are going ahead with this partnership to try to provide a more comprehensive picture of what is happening in the game, and that will include digital content,” Bettmans statement said.
NHL officials said they hope to be able to broadcast the first playoff games in the United Kingdom next week, but that they will not be able watch the games live until then.
The league will also have to deal with some issues associated with games broadcast in other countries.
“This is a huge challenge for us,” Bettmann said of bringing the games to the United Kingdoms.
“It’s a big step to bring the game to the U.K. but it’s also a step to getting the game over there, and the U