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FC Cincinnati calls time on FloSports streaming partnership

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Major League Soccer’s FC Cincinnati has called time on its local broadcast partnership with subscription-based over-the-top streaming provider FloSports.

Instead, the team will stream all non-nationally televised games for free on its official website.

The streams will be made available throughout the club’s designated regional broadcast territory, which includes Greater Cincinnati, as well as Dayton, eastern Indiana, and the Lexington and Louisville regions in Kentucky. Fans outside this area will only be able to watch the games on ESPN+.

Notably, FC Cincinnati also announced that it is seeking partners for both local television and streaming rights for the 2021 season. The team is in the final year of its current broadcast agreement with WSTR Star 64.

Fans, who have purchased FC Cincinnati subscriptions on FloSports for 2020 will be given refunds.

In October 2019, fellow MLS team DC United ended its four-year deal with FloSports after less than a season.

The deal with the Austin, Texas-based start-up FloSports had been troubled from the outset. Fans were unhappy about paying the costs for the streaming service, which ranged between $5.99 and $8.99 per month, as well as technical problems that marred many games.