Barcelona-Real Madrid Copa Del Rey Finals Match Draws 700 Journalists From 200 Outlets
More than 700 journalists from 200 media outlets from five continents "received credentials" for Wednesday's Copa del Rey finals between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which took place at La Liga side Valencia's Mestalla stadium, according to the EFE. Real Madrid's 2-1 win "was carried globally by Mediapro." European fans were able to watch it on Canal+ (France), Sky Sports (England), Mediaset (Italy), Sport1 (Netherlands), Sport TV (Portugal), and DigiSport (Romania) (EFE, 4/15). In Barcelona, Francesc Perearnau reported Spanish public broadcaster RTVE, which had 24 cameras in use, had one focused solely on Lionel Messi throughout the match. Another camera followed Real Madrid's Gareth Bale throughout the contest. Fans were able to follow every step Messi and Bale took live at RTVE's website, www.rtve.es. This new "perspective was added to the Internet's steadily growing influence at sporting events" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 4/16).