MLU announced today its plan to live stream every game of the 2016 Season, kicking off this Saturday April 9.

With the 2016 Major League Ultimate season beginning this weekend, the league has announced that they will be emphasizing live coverage of their games moving forward, with all 2016 MLU games streamed live via MLULive.com.

We asked fans, we looked at numbers, and we came to the conclusion that the most importantly thing to a sports fan is seeing the action as it unfolds, live.” said Nic Darling, MLU Executive Vice President.  “That trumps all the other considerations.”

In years past, the league has focused a portion of it’s resources on offering a close to broadcast level, multi-camera production for selected games and limited the number of streamed games each week.

“In the first few years of professional ultimate, there has been something of an arms race in the way the sport has been covered.” said Matt Gray, MLU Director of Video Production. “Value was placed on the number of cameras or the angles captured, often at the expense of covering all the games.”

In 2016, the league has pivoted it’s focus to expanding live coverage, which had sometimes been sacrificed to the trappings of broadcast level production.

With feedback from fans and players, and after looking at the numbers during the current offseason, the league realized that the most important concern when it comes to broadcasting sports is giving the fans the ability to watch the action live.

Live games will not only increase the off-site fan experience, but will lead to more accurate and timely stat-keeping, better turnaround for highlight production and a more visible activation of sponsorship.

All MLU games will still have the necessities of any live sports broadcast: Scoreboard, Game Clock, Graphics and Live Commentators. The priority is coverage, but the league is still committed to delivering the most professional and highest quality product possible.

The goal is to offer live streams of all 43 games of the 2016 MLU Season and Postseason, while acknowledging that there are factors that may make that difficult.  With any ambitious technological endeavor, there may be difficulties with connectivity, equipment and the ever present unforeseen.

As always, all MLU games in 2016 will be archived and on-demand via the league’s YouTube channel and MLU TV.

“Our multi-camera broadcast capability still remains” continued Darling. “However, with the emphasis on coverage, we decided that it would only be realistic to undergo that level of production if a media partnership or broadcast deal makes it financial viable.”

 In 2016, through a partnership with Comcast SportNet, the Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic market will see the production of broadcast style games.  In future seasons, the league hopes to expand this into it’s other markets.

“The idea is basically that once we are able to successfully deliver live coverage of all of games to our fans, then we will began to add back in some of the broadcast elements that we have experimented with over the past few years.” 

 Tune in to every game this season at MLULive.com.

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The 2016 MLU Schedule:

 Week 1

  • Sat. 4/9, Boston Whitecaps at Washington D.C. Current 
  • Sat. 4/9, Seattle Rainmakers at Portland Stags 
  • Sat. 4/9,Vancouver Nighthawks at San Francisco Dogfish 
  • Sat. 4/9, Philadelphia Spinners at New York Rumble 
  • Sun. 4/10, Boston Whitecaps at Philadelphia Spinners

Week 2

  • Sat. 4/16, Boston Whitecaps at New York Rumble, 
  • Sat. 4/16, Philadelphia Spinners at Washington D.C. Current
  • Sat. 4/16, Portland Stags at Vancouver Nighthawks
  • Sun. 4/17, Portland Stags at Seattle Rainmakers

Week 3

  • Sat. 4/23, New York Rumble at Washington D.C. Current
  • Sat. 4/23, San Francisco Dogfish at Portland Stags
  • Sat. 4/23, Vancouver Nighthawks at Seattle Rainmakers
  • Sun. 4/24, New York Rumble at Philadelphia Spinners

Week 4

  • Sat. 4/30, Washington D.C. Current at Boston Whitecaps 
  • Sat. 4/30, Portland Stags at Vancouver Nighthawks
  • Sun. 5/1, Washington D.C. Current at New York Rumble
  • Sun. 5/1, Vancouver Nighthawks at Seattle Rainmakers

Week 5

  • Sat. 5/7, Philadelphia Spinners at New York Rumble
  • Sat. 5/7, Portland Stags at San Francisco Dogfish
  • Sat. 5/7, Seattle Rainmakers at Vancouver Nighthawks

Week 6

  • Sat. 5/14, New York Rumble at San Francisco Dogfish
  • Sat. 5/14, Philadelphia Spinners at Boston Whitecaps

Week 7

  • Sat. 5/21, Portland Stags at Boston Whitecaps
  • Sat. 5/21, New York Rumble at Washington D.C. Current
  • Sat. 5/21,San Francisco Dogfish at Vancouver Nighthawks
  • Sun. 5/22, San Francisco Dogfish at Seattle Rainmakers

Week 8

  • Sat. 5/28, Washington D.C. Current at Philadelphia Spinners
  • Sat. 5/28, Seattle Rainmakers at Vancouver Nighthawks

Week 9

  • Sat. 6/4, Boston Whitecaps at Philadelphia Spinners
  • Sat. 6/4, Seattle Rainmakers at San Francisco Dogfish
  • Sat. 6/4, Vancouver Nighthawks at Portland Stags
  • Sun. 6/5, Boston Whitecaps at New York Rumble, 

Week 10

  • Sat. 6/11,Washington D.C. Current at Boston Whitecaps
  • Sat. 6/11, San Francisco Dogfish at Seattle Rainmakers
  • Sun. 6/12,Washington D.C. Current at Philadelphia Spinners
  • Sun. 6/12, San Francisco Dogfish at Portland Stags

Week 11

  • Sat. 6/18, Philadelphia Spinners at Washington D.C. Current, 
  • Sat. 6/18, New York Rumble at Boston Whitecaps, 
  • Sat. 6/18, Seattle Rainmakers at Portland Stags, 
  • Sat. 6/18,Vancouver Nighthawks at San Francisco Dogfish, 

Conference Championship

  • Sat. 6/25, TBD at TBD
  • Sun. 6/26, TBD at TBD

MLU Championship Weekend

  • Sat. 7/16, TBD at TBD