Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: KlowdTV was a Huge Disappointment and US Soccer Should be Ashamed


courtesy Chris Blakely

On a night that should be remembered for the Seattle Sounders winning their fourth Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in six years, it will be remembered for something more unfortunate. The KlowdTV feed, if you want to call it that, was an absolute travesty. It was choppy and randomly cut out at seemingly the most inopportune times.

I did not want to write this article but I was encouraged by one of my supporters group members and good friend, Justin Williams, to write this article.

Prior to the 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final contested between the Sounders and Sporting KCUS Soccer came to an agreement with GolTV to have the hosting rights for the next three years. I don’t have the exact numbers of the three year deal but it must have been good to give the broadcasting rights to an relative unknown company.

I remember prior to the 2012 Open Cup final I had to scramble to find the station on my TV or look for a stream. I was unable to find either and had to stream the match from a site I shall not name. I was able to watch the match but was not happy with the quality of the product.

MLS and US Soccer are trying to make soccer in the US one of the top sports league in the world. When you can’t even have a TV station in the United States broadcast a final of the oldest tournament in the country, you have failed and failed miserably.

I was at a viewing party tonight with my supporters group at a local bar and we constantly had the feed drop or buffer and we missed vital parts of the match in the first half. In the second half, we were able to find another feed that had no issues giving us a solid feed for the final 75 minutes of the match.

I am extremely thankful that this is the last year that GolTV had hosting rights and hopefully we will not have to stream the match through KlowdTV. It was an embarrassment to soccer in America and I can only hope that ESPN, NBCSN, or another national network will step up and take the hosting rights beginning next year and years beyond.

***Editors Note***

I apologize for the quality of the photo but I felt it was important to show how bad the feed was from the match that I was watching tonight. The photo was taken from my  smartphone which is generally gives me good photos. The photo was not altered in anyway and it is exactly how the match was seen.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter@TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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