The biggest wrestling match of the year went down on Sunday between Oklahoma State and Penn State. OSU fans showed up in record numbers to watch the meet.
Attendance for today's dual: 14,059. That's a new GIA record! #okstate pic.twitter.com/NX1CF6G1CP— OSU Cowboy Wrestling (@CowboyWrestling) February 19, 2017
Fans of the two teams who couldn’t make it to Gallagher-Iba Arena to watch had the option to view the match live on FloWrestling.com, who grabbed exclusive broadcasting rights.
Unfortunately, the site wasn’t up to the task.
FloWrestling’s site crashed at the beginning of the meet, leaving those who had paid the $20 subscription fee to watch out of luck. Many fans were vocal about their displeasure on social media.
1 hour later and still no live stream on @FloWrestling. Have to settle to listening to the radio broadcast. #DualoftheYear #FloBlewIt— Barry Wiestling (@IrishNDfan) February 19, 2017
Shout out to @FloWrestling for not giving up broadcasting rights then getting crashed because they weren't ready for this.— OKState Probs (@OKStateProbs) February 19, 2017
Hey @FloWrestling - glad I subscribed to your service to get repeated 500 Internal Service Errors. #OKStateProbs— Mike Harris (@TheMikeHarris) February 19, 2017
While FloWrestling went live on Periscope until the problem was fixed, the damage was done. Today, the FloSports CEO and Co-Founder Martin Floreani issued an apology to everyone affected by the site crash.
Floreani also says the site is offering full refunds to anyone who wants one. All you have to do is email email@example.com. You can also keep your subscription and get two months free if you so choose. He also offers up his email address for anyone who wants to contact him directly.
While they may have screwed up the meet, it’s nice to see them taking responsibility for it, and trying to make it up to fans as best as possible.