COLUMN: The Biggest Loser Of Opening Weekend Wasn’t A Team On The Field

The College Baseball season got off to a fast start with several quality series across the country, in addition to a stellar State Farm Showdown Tournament at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

FloSports, a subscription streaming service, picked up the rights to the big tournament, costing fans the big bucks… To be able to subscribe for the month, it cost a hefty $30 just to stream. In addition, many fans were confused by the wording of the annual plan, which displayed as under $13 per month, a heavily discounted rate from the monthly option.

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Not only was Flo significantly more expensive than its streaming competitor ESPN+, which covered an array of games from coast to coast, but the production quality was much worse all around. Fans had issues streaming FloSports to their TV screens and devices throughout the weekend and were not impressed by the visual, audio and in-person product.

Let’s be real … a tournament of this magnitude should never have left the hands of ESPN or another major network … let alone been unavailable on cable TV in the first place …

Then you have FloSports protecting its content like it’s the codes on the nuclear football by taking down all replays of games from over a day before …

I have seen NASCAR-in-car cams after flying 50-feet in the air that provide better stream quality… Heck, even the local Panda cam at the Zoo does a better job… at least it’s consistent…

It’s one thing to take-down pirated live streams or limit viewers to one WiFi network … but the effort Flo put in to locking down its videos … which might as well have been put together by a middle school Broadcast 101 class featuring the likes of Forrest Gump, Clark Griswold, Mr. Bean and Steve Urkel …

Ok maybe calling it middle school level was a little too nice …

Factor all of that in with the fact you have to individually subscribe to each sport Flo offers if you want to watch other leagues like various dirt racing products… You get a carpet-bagging con-artist disguised as a broadcast hub for $30 a month…

On ESPN+, which costs just $5.99 per month, one can enjoy content across all sports and platforms … then you have thou overlords of thee FloSports … locking down streams like the Seahawks defense in Super Bowl XLVIII…

The broken Blackberry 3 camera duct-taped to the rafters of Globe Life that Flo put together this weekend was inexcusable …

From crunching some numbers, it’s estimated FloSports made over $180,000 this weekend … assuming each fanbase had at least 1,000 subscribers … Then you have to throw in all the fans of College Baseball who subscribed outside those 6 fanbases … and all the ones for next weekend’s Round Rock Classic …

One would think Flo could at least upgrade to a half-decent camera, a working audio system and a graphics package that’s better than the NFHS high school streams …

Get rid of FloSports … a disgrace to fans, athletes, coaches and writers everywhere … Making the game feel as important as posting what you had for breakfast on Facebook …

For as good as those games were this weekend, the experience of FloSports just about ruined it …

Can the WorldWide Leader or Fox Sports please buy these guys out? Asking for a few friends …

*End Rant*

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