WASHINGTON — D.C. United cut the cord. The Major League Soccer team shifted away from traditional television partnerships to work with Austin-based FloSports on a multiyear deal to stream games, FloSports announced Monday.
United previously worked with Sinclair Broadcasting and NBC Washington, among other traditional outlets, to broadcast games. News of the partnership, reported first by Washington Post’s Steven Goff, comes hours ahead of full-season MLS schedules being released. Twenty of United’s 34 games will be exclusively on FloSports new platform FloFC.com. The other 14 games are nationally televised on ESPN, Fox Sports and UniMas.
“D.C. United are committed to providing fans with an innovative and high-quality viewing experience for all of their regionally broadcast matches,” D.C. United senior vice president Sam Porter said in the FloSports release. “Our deal with FloSports presents a new and unique opportunity for fans to get behind-the-scenes access to the D.C. United first team, including Wayne Rooney, Luciano Acosta, Bill Hamid and Paul Arriola, while also providing a world-class broadcast production for viewers.”
This is the first agreement FloSports has made with a team in North America’s “Big Five” professional leagues. The agreement includes both English and Spanish-language broadcast and will be part of the new FloFC vertical, according to the company’s release. The coverage expands beyond matches to “exclusive content, highlighted by behind-the-scenes access, preseason train coverage and more.”
“We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with D.C. United,” FloSports co-founder Mark Floreani said in the release. “We feel fortunate to find a partner that understands what we do, and also understands how passionate we are about the sports we cover. We think this is the start of something great for FloSports, and we can’t wait to begin the 2019 season.”
Black-and-Red fans will have to shell out another subscription fee in order to watch United next season, though, United could offer deals to fans looking to watch Rooney and the rest of the squad next season, according to the Washington Post.
“To access live and on-demand coverage of all D.C. United matches and more, visit FloFC.com and become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber,” FloSports release stated. “Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the matches across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4.”
United kicks off the 2019 season March 4 against Atlanta United.
This story is evolving with details from both D.C. United and FloSports. Check back for details.