Imprisoned former football star O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing set for Thursday at 1 p.m. EST — and it has big implications.

If it goes in his favor, Simpson could be released as early as October 1 from the Nevada prison where he's served more than eight years for

Legal experts say Simpson, 70, has a good chance of receiving parole and walking away from the remainder of his nine to 33-year sentence.

Here's what you need to know about Simpson's imprisonment and potential parole, and how to watch the hearing (which will be televised):

Why is he in prison?

What are the chances he's released on parole?

No one on the Nevada parole board is expected to oppose Simpson's parole release on Thursday, according to an Associated Press report.

Simpson will appear in front of the four-member board through a video conference at 1 p.m.

The board previously granted Simpson parole in 2013 on his

Where can I watch the parole hearing?

There are a few ways to watch 240 media credentials have reportedly been granted.

ESPN — which produced the Oscar-winning 2016 documentary "OJ: Made In America" about the life and crimes of the former football star — will broadcast the trial with analysis from legal experts and sports anchors.

NBC News will also cover the event and feature commentary from Chris Darden, the c