Spanish National Team Not On TV For First Time In More Than 30 Years
For the first time in "more than three decades," the Spanish national team played a game that was not televised on Spanish TV, according to VERTELE.com. The 2014 World Cup qualifying match between Spain and Belarus in Minsk, was not aired by any broadcasters due to the "elevated economic demands" of right holders Sportfive. The only fans that were able to follow the game in Spain were the ones that had satellite. Portugual's SportTV, Indonesia's RCTI and Qatar's al-Jazeera all aired the game. Even radio broadcasters had to call the game from their hotel rooms, as they believed the €25,000 ($32,393) fee to get into the Dynamo stadium in Minsk, Belarus was "exorbitant" (VERTELE, 10/13).