Anyone who is attempting to support Flotrack in charging to watch these events are missing the point.
Flotrack did not use to cover D2 and D3 nationals. I'm not completely sure on DI but I don't believe they covered them either. The NCAA would have the events hosted on the NCAA.com website and the videos were free to watch, the same as any other sport's championship is and will continue to be on their website. Therefore, all of us are used to watching these events for free because the NCAA provided that for us since they have a budget and everything specifically for things like national championships.
This coverage is very cheap- some meets will have live streams on their own (D3 prenats this year)- all you need is a camera and a good location to film, not too hard of a concept.
Flotrack came in and did a shady deal with the NCAA to be the exclusive rights holder for D1, D2, and D3 nationals, and now will charge for it. Therefore, a service that had been free to all of us is now unreasonably expensive.
Of course your argument would be that it should have never been free in the first place? Except as one of the other posters pointed out, the NCAA is funded by member institutions (mainly through the TV rights for March madness) and thus by tax payer dollars who fund their state institutions. The services SHOULD be free, the NCAA is a not-for-profit and doesn't need the money to subset any costs since there basically are none that go into live streaming the event.
Therefore, the NCAA is greedy (shocker) for selling the rights to Flotrack and Flotrack is greedy for taking what should be a "free" commodity and then charging for it. Everyone loses here- Flotrack's rep gets tainted and loses followers, the sport loses because less people watch. Whereas had Flotrack allowed it for free, it would've driven a ton of traffic to their website which could have helped with ad revenue.
This is why our sport sucks at drawing fans and retaining the ones it has.