So tonight, I stumble upon the NCAA media page.
On that page, under "DIGITAL RIGHTS OVERVIEW", there is a page entitled "Live Video Streaming Rights Policy" which you can find here.
The document indicates that Turner Sports Interactive holds the rights to all broadcasts not covered by a tv entity like ESPN/CBS. It says that if Turner awards the online rights for an NCAA championship to an outside entity that that entity must do the following.
The NCAA says :
Upon Turner granting the right to produce, display and distribute a live online video stream of Event Coverage to You (the â€œStreaming Entityâ€), the Streaming Entity agrees to the following terms and conditions:
6.. Free-to-User: The Streaming Entity agrees to deliver the live video stream of the Event Coverage FREE to all users. The Streaming Entity further agrees that no video streaming rights shall be granted or will be permitted as part of a subscription package. If the Streaming Entity normally uses a subscription package to broadcast video streams, the link to the stream of the Event Coverage must be separate from the subscription package and may not require any login or other user information.
To watch NCAAs, you must sign up for flotrack and login. How is that in direct violation of this policy?
What am I missing?
FloTrack is busted.
But it's XCso no one cares.