Back of the Internet: TV blackout for England game

Oct 5, 2009 - 10:42 AM LONDON(AP) -- England fans will only be able to watch Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine on the Internet because TV networks wouldn't pay for the broadcast rights.

England is already guaranteed a place in South Africa next year, which means interest back home has taken away the game's importance as far as TV companies are concerned.

Coverage will only be available at a cost on the Internet in Britain, with certain British newspaper Web sites taking the pay-per-view feed.

Odeon cinemas will also air the match, but commercial outlets such as pubs and restaurants won't be able to show it.

Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will provide expert analysis for the transmission.






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