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USPA POLO NETWORK RETURNS IN 2023 WITH FREE LIVESTREAMING

Dec 27, 2022 4:27 PM

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©David Lominska
©David Lominska

As the new year approaches, the USPA is happy to announce that all livestreamed and on-demand tournament games will be moving back to the USPA Polo Network and will be available free of charge in 2023. Livestreamed matches will be available at uspolo.org and across all USPA social media channels, including Twitch! The move is being made to improve content accessibility. It will allow returning viewers to watch in several locations and we hope it will draw new fans into the sport.

“The most challenging and promising aspect of this change is to improve and innovate the live production for USPA members, followers, and other fans of the sport,” said USPA Executive Director of Communications Matt Baran. “With the games broadcast across multiple platforms for free, we will be able to reach a wider global audience and engage them in the sport of polo. Our goal is to build life-long fans of the sport and inspire them to pick up a mallet. This is an important aspect of our strategic marketing and communications plan; reach millions of people and prompt them to learn to play through a curated user experience on the website,” he continued.

The restoration of the USPA Polo Network will also involve changes to the USPA’s livestreaming schedule, reducing the overall number of games that will be livestreamed. The will allow the USPA to focus on improving livestreaming standards. This year, over 160 games were livestreamed. In 2023, that number will be between 60 and 70. Scaling back on the number of games livestreamed should allow the USPA to improve the quality of livestream production. Baran added context to this decision, commenting, “In the first quarter of 2022, we finalized an extensive case study on livestreaming, which included insightful takeaways from our member survey on viewership habits. With support from the Executive Committee and USPA board, we decided to decrease the overall number of livestreamed games in 2023. This will allow multiple teams within the USPA to focus on the top-tier tournaments, providing more pre-production, interviews, statistics and insight for each game.”

Additional quality improvements that will be available as a result of these structural changes include live, real-time graphics and stats that will appear during broadcasts, professional grade cameras that allow for closer and clearer zooming, and the reintroduction of field audio, which allows viewers to hear what’s happening on the field during the game for a more immersive viewing experience. All of these features will elevate the livestream and enable the Association to better share the story of USPA tournaments and the sport.

Baran concluded, “Heading into 2023, the world of technology is constantly evolving and how we absorb sports and entertainment is no different. We selected the top social platforms for livestream viewing and want to remove any barriers for watching polo live. This will allow fans to share the content and bring in new people to watch the most competitive and intense polo in the United States.”

All livestreamed games will be available at uspolo.org as well as USPA social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

©Josh Kizziar
©Josh Kizziar

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I watch live games this year?
All livestreamed games will be available at uspolo.org as well as across USPA social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

How do I watch on-demand games this year?
On-demand games will be available at uspolo.org and on YouTube.

Do I still need a login for Global Polo TV? And if so, what will I be able to watch there?
You can keep your Global Polo TV (GPTV) login to continue to enjoy free, engaging polo content. GPTV will not, however, host live or on-demand games this year. All of the on-demand games that were previously hosted on GPTV will also be moving to uspolo.org and YouTube.

2023 Livestreaming Schedule

Joe Barry Memorial: January 4-22 (National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida)
Final available on-demand

Ylvisaker Cup: January 20 – February 12 (National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida)
Final available on-demand

Butler Handicap: February 2-26 (Port Mayaca Polo Club, Okeechobee, Florida)
Final available on-demand

C.V. Whitney Cup: February 12-26 (National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida)
Quarterfinals, semifinals and final livestreamed

USPA Gold Cup: March 1-26 (National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida)
Quarterfinals, semifinals and final livestreamed

Rossmore Cup: March 17-26 (Eldorado Polo Club, Indio, California)
Final available on-demand

U.S. Open Women’s Polo Championship: March 9-19 (Port Mayaca Polo Club, Okeechobee, Florida & National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida)
All games livestreamed

U.S. Open Polo Championship: March 29 – April 23 (National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida)
All games livestreamed

National Intercollegiate Championships (Men’s & Women’s): April (Virginia Polo Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia)
Semifinals and finals livestreamed

Silver Cup: July 21 – August 6 (Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Carpinteria, California)
Semifinals and final livestreamed

Pacific Coast Open: August (Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Carpinteria, California)
Semifinals and final livestreamed

United States Arena Handicap: August 21-27 (Twilight Polo Club, Middleburg, Virginia)
Final available on-demand

USPA Women’s Arena Handicap: August (Twilight Polo Club, Middleburg, Virginia)
Final available on-demand

National Youth Tournament Series Championships: September (Location TBD)
Semifinals and finals livestreamed

USPA Women’s Arena Open: September 28 – October 1 (Orange County Polo Club, Silverado, California)
Final available on-demand

North American Cup – November 1-30 (Grand Champions Polo Club, Wellington, Florida)
Final available on-demand

National Twenty Goal – November 1-30 (Grand Champions Polo Club, Wellington, Florida)
Final available on-demand

U.S. Open Women’s Handicap – November 7-12 (Houston Polo Club, Houston, Texas)
Final available on-demand

U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship: December 1-4 (California Polo Club, Los Angeles, California)
Semifinals and final livestreamed