The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and FloSports announced a record-setting media rights partnership establishing the partnership as the largest NCAA Division II rights deal to date. FloSports will become the exclusive streaming platform for the GLIAC and will broadcast over 900 games annually across 21 conference sports including football, basketball, softball, lacrosse, volleyball and more.
The conference hosts some of the best collegiate sports programs in the country including Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University with the No. 1 and No. 5 NCAA Division II football teams, respectively. The four-year partnership that runs through the 2026 season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Aug. 25 with the defending GLIAC champion Parkside men’s soccer team facing off against Quincy in non-conference action.
The partnership with FloSports provides the GLIAC a robust digital platform to deliver a higher quality broadcasting experience to fans of the conference’s sports. In close collaboration, FloSports and the GLIAC will broadcast its championship-winning athletic programs to a wider audience of college sports fans across multiple digital platforms enabling fans to watch games anywhere, anytime and both live and on-demand. FloSports will also offer additional news, analysis, and other editorial coverage of GLIAC sports and athletes.
Since the 2000-2001 academic year, the GLIAC has claimed 25 Division II team championships along with dozens of individual titles.
The GLIAC/FloSports news follows the recent announcement of FloSports’ partnership with the South Atlantic Conference which was previously the largest Division II streaming media partnership announced to date. Both the GLIAC and SAC are now two of the first Division II collegiate conferences to sign a full league-wide partnership with FloSports as its primary media partner.
“We are thrilled to enter into this landmark collaboration with FloSports,” GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said. “FloSports’ standing as a proven innovator and leader in sports streaming will help to further enhance the conference’s status as a frontrunner in the realm of NCAA Division II athletics. For our fans, this agreement means we will be able to provide them access to a single site where GLIAC competitions across all sports will be available for live viewing.”
“The athletic talent and level of competition within the GLIAC and its member universities represent some of the best in NCAA college sports,” said Chris Keldorf, Sr. Director, Global Rights Acquisition, FloSports. “We’ve aligned with an incredible partner with Commissioner Dunbar, her team and the Athletic Directors across the conference. FloSports is proud to make an investment into the conference to showcase these programs to their fans and a wider audience around the country.”
Parkside Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin added: “This historic announcement between the GLIAC and FloSports raises the bar and brings our league to the front of Division II. Parkside has committed to offering high-quality streaming of our home events in recent years. We’re excited to continue that commitment in collaboration with the GLIAC and FloSports, and I know our fans and sponsors will be thrilled with this transition.”
The agreement marks the eighth conference to partner with FloSports in efforts to bolster their teams and athlete visibility with a transformative digital platform. Through agreements with Big East, Colonial Athletic Association, South Atlantic Conference, Atlantic Hockey Association, Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Gulf South Conference, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, FloSports has strengthened and enhanced fan connectivity with compelling content and premium production.
GLIAC fans can sign up for an annual subscription to FloSports at https://flosports.link/3oPmh5x. Also, anyone who subscribes using a GLIAC member institution domain (.edu) email address will be eligible for an additional discounted subscription rate. GLIAC member institutions will share more information about these plans directly with students, staff, and fans. Any subscription provides access to the entire award-winning FloSports platform that also includes over 25 vertical sports categories including combat sports, motorsports, cheerleading, hockey, rugby, track and field/cross country and more. FloSports is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.
For more information regarding the GLIAC partnership with FloSports, visit https://flosports.link/3oPmh5x