I have pasted the article below. I love to read the online comments to articles and the featured 5 comments were pretty darn good so I've included them below the link to the article. As you can imagine, the fans are irate.
I really can't even comprehend how big a blunder this is. I had just started to care about DC United and was getting interested in buying tickets to the main team and Loudoun United closer to where I live. Now? Good luck.
As a season ticket holder, there is zero change I'm going to shell out even more money for some subscription service to watch away games. The friends and coworkers who tuned into games this summer and fall after I told them that DCU was worth watching aren't going to even think about paying to watch the occasional DCU game. This is such a dumb move, they should have paid NBC Sports Washington to carry the games to grow the fan base. I guess the silver lining is that by failing to grow the local fan base my season tickets won't increase in price.
My sense is that DC United has been the most affordable professional sports option in the area, which has been great because many families just can't afford to go to the other sporting events in town. With the new stadium -- which I really do like and which DCU absolutely needed -- it is somewhat less affordable to be a fan. By locking games behind a streaming pay wall, those kids and families that might have followed at home and been able to go to one or two games a year, just won't be able to follow the team. So it's bad for the team and developing a fan base, but I think it is also a real disservice to the community.
Dennis D McDonald wrote:
One way to interpret this is that the team has decided to focus its attention primarily on devoted fans, not on the "general public." That might make business sense in the short term but making the team's games inaccessible to lightly involved and potential fans could be disastrous in a few years' time when young people ask, "DC has a soccer team?"
This is an unwise move. Soccer is still developing its fan base and one of the primary ways that new fans discover and learn about Soccer is TV broadcasts. Sure. . .the die-hard existing fans will subscribe. . .and probably no body else. Instead, neophyte soccer fans will be drawn to the vast array of EPL and other European soccer that is available on channels they're already paying for via a cable subscription or streaming platform. This deal will hide DCU games away from a general audience who wouldn't necessarily pay to watch games even if they knew they were being played. Now. . .DCU will just recede further in to the background of an already crowded field of DC sports entertainment.