popular ... well, for football there are exceptions like one can't believe (especially for the FIFA World bla bla) having fireworks at midnight, reserved/closed roads for a public fan mile or having a reserverd stadium with couches for public viewing is something one would NEVER get to see for icehockey if you'd ask people on the streets about clubs in the DEL, they may know their home club and maybe EisbÃ¤ren Berlin and KÃ¶lner Haie but errr, yeah ... to be honest: playing level isn't high here, it's far lower than NHL and KHL, even lower I think than AHL, so even as a fan of the sports here you won't be satisfied most of the time I have to admit, I check the games of my team. Most of the other teams ... well, I don't really care nor do I watch icehockey on international level We have Champions Hockey League starting this year. Well, I wonder who'll go and watch if not only the hardcore hockey people who know about more than their team (I won't, haha). Anyway, having Servus TV as public spot for watching matches might be nice for the common german guy who likes to watch some icehockey but it's worse for the fans which had Premiere and later Sky (payTV) as they could watch every game and ofc every game of their home team. But now you have to watch what Servus TV decides to show, not suprising having more Red Bull MÃ¼nchen and other Bavarian games shown than .... badumts Berlin for example. And Free TV isn't really free if you're watching it in HD on a TV as you need to have cable been payed. Watching the stream (as I do) is usually a pay and only 480p if even.