Thu. Mar 21st, 2019

Fans Push Back On FloSports Deal With FC Cincinnati

“FloSports is an online-only product. That means there is a subscription fee, which represents an additional cost for fans in Cincinnati that want to follow the local MLS team.”

The news for streaming sports platform FloSports was mixed this week when it comes to Major League Soccer.

Sunday saw FloSports carry the first DC United game as part of the company’s deal with that team. It did not go well according to The Washington Post’s Jake Russell.

At D.C. United’s official watch party at Lou’s City Bar in Columbia Heights, fans missed the first minutes of Sunday’s 0-0 draw against New York City FC because the stream wasn’t working. Members of the Barra Brava supporters’ group who gathered to watch Sunday’s match at Finn McCool’s on Capitol Hill experienced similar problems in the first half.

Jake Russell, The Washington Post

DC United fans fired off a number of angry tweets. Eventually the issues were fixed, but the damage had already been done, and the ripple effect has already resulted in pushback from the fans of FC Cincinnati, which announced its own deal with FloSports earlier this week.

According to a press release from the team, FloSports will hold the local media rights for FC Cincinnati. That means every game not airing on a national network will be available exclusively on FloSports.

The Pride, supporters group, released a statement opposing the deal, calling it “a step backwards in availability.”

It is easy to understand the fans’ frustrations in the wake of the DC United debacle. FloSports is an online-only product. That means there is a subscription fee, which represents an additional cost for fans in Cincinnati that want to follow the local MLS team.