Austin Huns aim to reach more fans with live stream­ing

Team an­nounces deal with FloS­ports for last six matches.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Kevin Lyt­tle klyt­tle@states­

The Austin Huns, hustling for ways to bring their game to a wider au­di­ence, an­nounced a part­ner­ship Wed­nes­day with FloS­ports to live stream their re­main­ing six matches.

Austin-based FloS­ports is an in­no­va­tor in live dig­i­tal sports and orig­i­nal con­tent. It cur­rently shows about a dozen sports and other ath­letic ac­tiv­i­ties, from gym­nas­tics to wrestling to vol­ley­ball. The Huns will be the first team fea­tured on

“Even though we are a tra­di­tional sport, our core au­di­ence is mil­len­ni­als, and we need to keep up with their view­ing needs and habits,” Huns gen­eral man­ager Thierry Daupin said. “Join­ing forces with FloS­ports and FloRugby puts us two steps ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We need to think about where we will be in five, 10 years. Ninety-nine per­cent of our po­ten­tial au­di­ence is out­side of the sta­dium, and we want to pro­vide them with the best op­tions to stay con­nected with us.”

Matches will be streamed at or through Roku or Ap­ple TV, start­ing with Satur­day’s game against Rugby Utah at Nixon Field, 4107 Nixon Lane.

“Part­ner­ing with the Austin Huns is a great first step for FloRugby,” FloS­ports se­nior vice president Phil Wendler said in a state­ment. “We’re ex­cited to de­liver Huns rugby live across the globe as we move for­ward to un­lock a world of un­matched cov­er­age cre­ated for die-hard rugby fans.”

Col­lege tour­na­ment: The Huns will host an all-day rugby fes­ti­val Satur­day, with the Red River Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship wrapped around their match against Utah. The eight-team col­le­giate event kicks off with Texas vs. Arkansas at 9 a.m. and con­cludes with LSU-Bay­lor at 5:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $10.

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