NWSL matches look to be headed to Verizon go90 app

The Equalizer Staff April 12, 2017 57
An NWSL option appears on Verizon's go90 app whose logo appears in the upper left corner. The NWSL logo was grayed out late Tuesday night.

An NWSL option appears on Verizon’s go90 app whose logo appears in the upper left corner. The NWSL logo was grayed out late Tuesday night.

NWSL matches are schedule to stream on Verizon’s go90 app according to a schedule posted on the app and multiple tweet replies from the go90 Help account. NWSL has yet to make an announcement about how matches will be streamed even though the league’s fifth season kicks off Saturday afternoon. All signs of NWSL were removed from the go90 app less than two hours after The Equalizer’s Allison Lee unleashed the most definitive sign yet via Twitter.

The news sent women’s soccer Twitter alight as fans scrambled to unlock details and detect limitations. According to the support page on verizonwireless.com, the go90 app and its content are free with the added bonus that Verizon Wireless customers can stream content without tapping into their monthly data plan.

The app is not available outside the United States.

The help account, which appears to be automated, for the go90 app responded to several tweets late Tuesday night indicating that NWSL is indeed in its plans. The tweet below and several others were deleted as of Wednesday morning.

go90 deletedNWSL has a conference call scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Managing director Amanda Duffy is expected to be on the call. The first match is Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT.

  • Bruce

    Watched this storm go down on twitter this evening. Not totally convinced that go90 is the league’s first choice or the platform that will ultimately be used.

    Games were pulled off the go90 schedule almost immediately and the NWSL seems to be using another provider for website video.

    • WoSoFan

      I hope it’s just a secondary option.

    • mockmook

      Probably was just a test — I can’t imagine they were doing this and not intending this as the platform.

      As I said above, go90 has a website too — so why not them?

      go90.com

      • kernel_thai

        Maybe but there is nothing currently live being streamed from their site. Regardless, don’t the live streams belong on the NWSL page and on team pages, not on a third party site?

        • DNG

          I’d wait for confirmation. Tannenwald just said that the NWSL will be available free to all international fans and go90 is geoblocked outside the US. There might be something on the NWSL website too or at least I’m hoping

          • kernel_thai

            And doesn’t that just make sense? U bring in Go90 to give them a presence on mobile phones and stream the matches off the league website. If it’s that simple why r they beating around the bush? They could have announced the website part a month ago even if they were still finalizing who would provide the mobile app.

          • DNG

            No idea why there has been basically media silence for the last couple of months. Doesn’t make much sense to me either.

        • mockmook

          Are they not on YouTube?

  • tonysocref

    Not mentioned in article:
    Non Verizon customers will end up tapping into their monthly data unless connected to wifi.

    Here’s hoping that the matches are also available on website or the international fans are screwed.

    IMHO, step backwards going this way. Hoping for more information tomorrow, especially for the league’s international fans. Leaving no access to them is going in the wrong direction.

  • kernel_thai

    So I either have to watch the matches on my phone or run an emulator on my computer? This is the solution the league came up with to grow the league?

    • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

      Or you can use a chromecast to cast the game on to a tv from a tablet or smart phone. Of course, that entails one to buy a chromecast or for one to have a newer smart TV with chromecast built in.

      • Steglitz49

        might be easier to go to the match?

        • Ztilgets94

          So true, even for the Canadians, Steg.

          • Steglitz49

            not to mention the Mexicans — who are cofounders of the NWSL

    • mockmook

      go90 streams on their website — so, I think the matches would be there.

      And, if so, I don’t see why they wouldn’t just archive the games there as opposed to the NWSL site.

      • guest

        Why would they stream their Lifetime branded product on another website? This sounds like a phone app, a different space. Do many people watch football on their phones? Maybe travelling? Sounds distracting to me.

        • mockmook

          Yes the app is for “people on the go”

          That’s why I think it will be on the parent site as well.

          As I said to k_t, the prior/current arrangement was on YouTube (and people weren’t “distracted” by that).

        • Sandy Burd

          My understanding is that you can watch The Game of the Week at mylifetime.com (no cable subscription required), and all the other games at gopro.com or if you live outside the US watch live streaming at nwsl.com. I’m totally excited and hoping the streaming will be better than it was on youtube.

    • Silver Frost

      I’d have to buy a cable subscription to watch just a few NWSL games, since I cut the cable two months ago. I don’t do smart phones either, so it looks like
      I won’t be watching any NWSL games this year. Too bad.

      • Steglitz49

        Hunt the web. There is plenty of stuff out there to view free of charge, not just porn.

      • Karen Sharon Slater-Loyd

        Good news: go90 is a free, mobile-first, social entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover, view and share content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in digital entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premier entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. Start watching now on go90.com.

    • guest

      movement prior said that majority of viewers will be happy with the streaming once they get to see it.

  • Katie

    Even the website will probably be locked from international viewers. So much for the allocation funding from Canada to invest in a league that the entire country will now no longer be able to watch…

    • guest

      I agree, it just gets darker and darker with each bit of news that comes out.

      But, hey, it’s a wonderful day if you own a Verizon phone!

      • Karen Sharon Slater-Loyd

        go90 is a free, mobile-first, social entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover, view and share content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in digital entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premier entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. Start watching now on go90.com.

  • Ashley C

    I’ll wait and see for the official announcement but it’s going to be a huge shame if the league alienates international fans. Judging by social media, the league relies heavily on fans from all over. I’d be curious to see how the CSA feels about this – allocating players in a league Canadians can’t even gain access to. I think lots of fans would be happy to pay for access, too. It’ll also be a shame if you can’t watch via platforms like Apple TV.

    The roll out for this has been disappointing. Especially in a league that’s currently lacking in credibility and professionalism at times. I’ll take it as a bump in the road for now but things need to get better or I worry about the survivial of the league and viewership.

    • Steglitz49

      The live international viewers must be trivial. Australia and Japan will be asleep and Brazilians do not care for WoSo.

      Canada and Mexico are cofounders of the NWSL so their audiences are not international in the normal meaning of the word.

      • Ashley C

        There’s many complaints via social media from international viewers who are concerned. In a league that needs any viewers they can get, that matters.

        They are considered international viewers when they’re geoblocked. But sure, semantics.

        • Steglitz49

          I can’t see how a league that is cofounded by Canada and Mexico can be geoblocked in those countries. It is the tridentine league of Canada, Mexico and USA — unless it has changed of late.

          Granted, the Mexicans were royally screwed in the inaugural season and as for the Canadians, their best players play in France or are still in college.

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            It’s not the league that decides whether or not games are being geoblocked. It is the platform that the streams are being aired on that decides whether or not to support ISPs of IP addresses coming from outside of the US. I’m sure that Verizon gives zero craps that the Canadian federation puts money into the NWSL. Verizon isn’t going to spend millions of dollars on their streaming services to upgrade just because of that.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you.

            Maybe the CSA and MFF should sue the NWSL for making a discriminatory contract. After all, if minorities were excluded, there would be hell to pay even with this SC.

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            I wouldn’t blame them. As far as I know the Mexican federation is no longer financially supporting the NWSL in any capacity seeing as how there are no more Mexican allocated players. The Canadian federation and fans on the other hand would have a real reason to be upset.

          • Steglitz49

            Canadians care about hockey but prefer to forget 8-1 in 1981.

  • FawcettFan14

    The solution that makes the most sense is to stream and archive all games on nwslsoccer.com, with advertisements for Lifetime and other sponsors. If need be to generate revenue (hopefully not), charge $10/month or a flat $50 rate for the entire season. This way people are directed to NWSL’s official website, not just the YouTube page.

    Using an obscure service like Go90 as the primary mode of viewing is dumb. Who wants to watch a soccer match on a small phone screen? What if you don’t have unlimited data to use? What if you don’t own a Verizon phone, as has been mentioned in other comments?

    Maybe the league will clear this up in the next few days, informing us of a simpler solution they have yet to disclose. Maybe the Go90 is just the mobile option and there will be a straightforward way to view games on a computer. If it requires some reasonable payment, I am ok with that. I enjoy NWSL and recognize its value, so am willing to support it financially.

    Just make it simple, accessible, and well produced. YouTube was getting better each year. If they go with this mobile app only, it is a step backward.

    • mockmook

      Ixnay on the talk of being willing to pay — let them think we will never pay 😉

  • Gary Diver

    NWSL Builds Virtual Border Wall with Canada

    Does NWSL care about Canada, Canadians, or Canadian support for NWSL?

    Why should Vancouver want a team if the league don’t care about Canadians?

    There are a number of loyal Equalizer followers who reside in Canada. Last year we were able to watch nearly all of the NWSL matches on YouTube and many of us did took advantage of this opportunity. Now . . . nothing for Canadian residents – even clips of highlights linked on Equalizer will probably be geo-blocked.

    Canada Connection

    1. CSA was a co-founder with USSF and Mexican Federation in the creation of NWSL.

    2. CSA currently supports NWSL with its allocated players.

    3. NWSL would like to have a Canadian team, especially in Vancouver.

    4. Christine Sinclair is a beloved icon in Portland.

    NWSL as a Business

    1. It is essential for NWSL to maximize visibility, interest, and loyalty in the general population.

    2. It is important to develop and support an increasing fan base if NWSL is to have a future.

    P.S. As I said two weeks ago: “The percentage of Americans who know that NWSL even exists is very small. And the percentage of Americans who know NWSL exists and follows it may be less than 1%. NWSL has a major exposure problem and reducing contact with the public is a form of self-inflected suicide.

    If NWSL charges for live stream, few people are going to pay and they will become completely irrelevant in the sports world and will have to survive on attendances of 4,000 or less and with no prospect for growth.”

    • Steglitz49

      Once Since retires, Canada will lose any interest in WoSo. There is not much to start off with.

      • Gary Diver

        Canada may lose interest in NWSL, but their national team is very young and has a lot of potential. And I’m not sure if they will need Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Allysha Chapman, or Diana Matheson for WC19. If only 2 out of these 4 make the WC19 roster, Canada will have one of the youngest and most interesting teams in France.

        • Steglitz49

          Two Olympic bronzes in a row is worth their weights in more than used shinpads. Nevertheless, can Canada improve on 3rd in WC-19? Let’s trust so. More likely too than many other NTs.

  • DNG

    Still need more details but at least there seems to be confirmation that internationals will get access. I hope they just decide to stream the games from the NWSL website.

    https://twitter.com/thegoalkeeper/status/852169185467781121

  • tonysocref

    Possible indication of what will hear this afternoon.

    As of this morning, NWSL schedule page is now showing the NWSL logo in the Broadcaster column. Previously .they only showed the Lifetime Logo for the weekly matches

  • mockmook

    Jeez, never seen so many people giving themselves ulcers on something that hasn’t (and likely won’t have) happened

    • kernel_thai

      Sorry, just hate incompetence. This all should have been settled and announced a month ago so people had time to figure out their options. Announcing this 3 days before the matches start is beyond NWSL Media stumbling out of the gate. They’ve fallen and we haven’t even seen if it works yet.

      • framboat

        Between a team moving, a big TV deal being signed late (with a network not known for sports), and the sheer complexities of “doing it right” … I’m not surprised things are still uncertain, I think it’s early to call it incompetent… that being said, who you rooting for this year?

        • kernel_thai

          I can live with uncertain but but when Lifetime and Commish Plush were negotiating this deal which included the proposal for NWSL Media, the groundwork for this had to have been roughed out. I really doubt the deal was were going to to let NWSL Media stream the matches and u can work out the details. Maybe Im naive.

  • kernel_thai

    So Quasi Commish Duffy put minds to rest. As best I can tell she said international fans can watch games on NWSL website. What she didn’t say was that they could watch them there live. This could easily mean they can watch the game archived there. Duffy also said US fans could watch the matches online free of charge using the app (which she still won’t name). What she didn’t say was US fans could watch the matches on the NWSL website or any other website as u can watch a phone app online using an emulator. At best she just doesn’t understand the tech…at worst she was being evasive. But hey she did promise the app would be available before the weekend….thanks

    • framboat

      Actually… she explicitly said live, online, domestic and international, and free. But you’re right, it’s still needlessly vague. I assume they’re trying to find as many bugs in the systems as possible before finally giving the green light. Sigh.

      • kernel_thai

        I didn’t see one source quote that. Are u saying u were a party to the conference call or saw this quote?

        • framboat

          I’ve been following the quotes being released in real time by journalists on the call. Her quote after being asked by Jonathan Tannenwald about non-televised games was “live and online” (and on the app) and that international fans would be able to watch on the NWSL site. Clearly, she didn’t give details. But those were in quotes. So you’re right, it feels unclear and open-ended.

          • kernel_thai

            I follow Tannenwald and didn’t see that quoted once. The closest is that tweet posted below from a league source that I was hoping Duffy would confirm. As I said above maybe Duffy just doesn’t understand the tech and wasn’t trying to be evasive but how hard is it to come out and say both US and international fans can watch all the games live on the NWSL website and additionally we will be offering a mobile app but can’t give u the details yet?

          • framboat

            Backlinesoccer tweeted it in quotes, as did Dan Lauletta, if you want to slog through (and a few others too, HerPitch, etcetc). I’m betting you’re right tho

          • Rdalford

            ” … but how hard is it to come out and say both US and international fans can watch all the games live on the NWSL website and additionally we will be offering a mobile app but can’t give u the details yet?”

            I would be happy with ” … both US and international fans can watch all games live on NWSL website …”
            but
            concerned that NWSL has not actually made that statement and therefore concerned that some part of “both US and international” and/or “live on NWSL website” will not be true.

          • kernel_thai

            My concern is the deal with Go90 gives them exclusive rights to the live streams and NWSL website then gets the rights to archive the matches. I can understand Verizon wanting this because why would they want to compete with a website?

    • Bruce

      Didn’t promise, “anticipated”.

  • Bruce

    From today’s conference call and press reports, it sounds like the league is pulling back from giving fans on-demand access to recorded matches. Lot’s of intentional emphasis on the word “live”.

    • kernel_thai

      So here r my questions. Did Duffy say international viewer could watch live on the NWSL website or did she just say they could watch matches there? Did she say US viewers could watch matches live on the NWSL website or did she just say they could watch online using the app?

      • Steglitz49

        Duffy Duck? Roadrunner? Woody Woodpecker?