To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this one.
See, the Aggies announced yesterday that they’ve worked with Learfield to make plans for FloSports to broadcast NMSU’s home football games for the next three seasons.
So first we should probably back-track. What, exactly, is FloSports?
Not unlike beIN Sports (the former erstwhile home of some CUSA content), FloSports is an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that has a massive hodgepodge of sports content including multiple European soccer leagues, some college and minor league hockey, and other smatterings of content from “underserved” teams, leagues and sports.
The most notable recent addition to the FSTV stable was earlier this year when the Colonial Athletic Association signed a four-year, $4.5 million deal for all of their content to be broadcast on the OTT service, but with a good deal more flexibility than previous partnerships with ESPN, including having increasing content on CBS Sports Network:
“The conference will also use the revenue from FloSports to buy more games on CBS Sports Network. Instead of each school receiving between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, the conference decided to invest that money to broadcast men’s basketball games on a national level with CBS Sports Network. The CAA will have eight nationally televised games on CBS Sports Network during the 2019-2020 season.”
That sacrifice of contractually guaranteed revenue for flexibility to create additional sources of revenue was likely appealing to the CAA, but this continues to be a bit of a niche network.
More to the point, my initial thought was “great, I have an opportunity to watch even more New Mexico State football the next three seasons!”
But not so fast my friend.
In order to watch these games, I have to have a subscription to FloSports, which clocks in at a whopping $20 per month (or $150 upfront for a full year).
I’m not about to pay $150 for a service I know I’ll only use for three months, but even at the monthly rate that’s $60 to watch five football games. That’s the same cost as the cheapest season ticket – a great bargain, by the way, you should go and get some.
I’m not saying that I wouldn’t spend the money, I just mean that I’m suddenly faced with a conundrum. Do I continue donating to the program directly by purchasing season tickets (which are given away because I don’t live in or near Las Cruces)? Or do I give money to FloSports to increase the number of times I watch of one of my favorite teams?
I think, in the end, this is a service I won’t be choosing to participate in. Everyone else out there is free to do as they wish. I’m fortunate that the Aggie football schedule works in my favor and will allow me to see them in person for the fourth year in a row, then again each of the next two seasons, and their other opponents ensure I’ll see at least a few games.
Between those in person and televised road games, as well as already donating directly to the school in other ways, I just can’t bring myself to give money to an outside entity to increase the number of games I’m able to watch.
What do you think? Will you support the Aggies this way? Do you already support in other ways?