Netflix could quickly livestream a golf match that includes F1 drivers and professional golfers

In the event you by no means thought that Formulation 1 and professional golf might go collectively, Netflix begs to vary. The streaming service is alleged to be in talks to livestream its first ever sporting occasion, a star golf match that includes F1 drivers {and professional} golfers, in line with The Wall Street Journal. It might reportedly characteristic personalities from Full Swing and Drive to Survive, Netflix documentaries that comply with F1 drivers and professional golfers. Talks are nonetheless preliminary, in line with the WSJ.

A star golf occasion could be a low-stakes means for Netflix to work out a format and clear up any technical points that might happen in future dwell sports activities occasions. It famously messed up a livestream of its Love is Blind actuality present, with technical issues inflicting an hour-long outage — although its first dwell stream occasion, a Chris Rock comedy particular, went easily.

The corporate could have additionally seen the recognition of golf YouTube channels like Rick Shiels and Bob Does Sports activities. These usually characteristic top-echelon professionals like Max Homa enjoying rounds and competing with common gamers, trash speaking and swearing like the remainder of us do whereas enjoying golf. The same format, with F1 drivers and gamers competing but additionally having enjoyable, might attract informal viewers that may in any other case by no means watch golf — much like Full Swing did

Netflix has been exploring dwell sports activities streaming for greater than a yr. It beforehand bid for dwell US streaming rights to Formulation 1, however reportedly misplaced out to ESPN. It has additionally supposedly explored bidding on rights for tennis, biking and different lower-profile sports activities. 

Earlier this yr, co-CEO Ted Sarandos stated “we aren’t anti-sports, we’re pro-profit,” implying that Netflix would not suppose the prices for sports activities rights make financial sense. On the similar time, he stated the corporate was leaving the chance open. In the meantime, rivals like Amazon Prime Video have streamed dwell sports activities for years from leagues together with the NFL, Major League Baseball, ATP, Premiere League and extra. 

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