Euro 2000 Options Limited
Soccer fans hoping to watch a live telecast of the Euro 2000 soccer final between France and Italy on Sunday--kickoff, 11 a.m.--have two viewing options. Either way, it’s going to cost.
One option is home pay-per-view. Setanta Sport, which holds the exclusive U.S. TV rights to the tournament, will make the game available via closed-circuit television, DirecTV, the DISH Network and iNDemand cable pay-per-view. DirecTV and iNDemand are charging $19.95 for the final, the DISH Network $24.95.
The other option is to find a local pub or tavern showing the game and charging admission. Not many will have it, since Setanta required pubs to buy the entire tournament for $3,000 without offering single-game purchases, but these do:
* The British and Dominion Social Club in Garden Grove, 12882 Valley View Street, Building #8, (714) 892-1927. Admission: $10.
* The Cock ‘n Bull in Santa Monica, 2947 Lincoln Blvd., (310) 399-9696. Admission: $20.
* The Fox and Hounds in Studio City, 11110 Ventura Blvd., (818) 763-7976. Admission: $10.
All three pubs advise arriving early, well before the 10 a.m. pregame show.
If you’re absolutely determined to watch the final free, you can wait until next Sunday. Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World Espanol have the rights to televise every game in the tournament . . . on a one-week delay.