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Netflix will finally enter the world of sports tonight, streaming a live broadcast of a golf match between PGA Tour and Formula 1 stars.
For the first time ever, Netflix will be streaming a live sporting event on Tuesday night. The streaming platform will finally dip their toes into the live sports world with 2.5 hour broadcast of a golf match between four F1 drivers and four PGA golfers.
The four F1 drivers (Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz, Alex Albon, and Pierre Gasly) will be paired up with the four PGA golfers (Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, and Collin Morikawa) to see who will take home the Netflix Cup.
As a golf fan, this type of thing definitely peaks my interest but I’m currently in an endless crusade against the streaming platform takeover of sporting events.
It’s just annoying trying to figure out where to watch anything these days. On top of that, the ability to switch channels while also tuning into things because you’re bound to an app or streaming platform is the worst.
If the broadcast is a success (doubtful) it could open the door for Netflix to continue to dip their toes in live sporting events which would just add more confusion to the already crowded streaming world.
Viewership numbers for the Netflix Cup likely won’t be released, but a similar celebrity golf special earlier this year, “The Match,” drew an average of 782,000 viewers across TNT and two other channels. In that event, Kansas City Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce took on Golden State Warriors’ Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. (via Front Office Sports)
It’s actually a shame this is on Netflix or any streaming platform for that matter.
I am an avid golf fan and my guys Rickie, JT, Homa, and Morikawa are always a must watch any time they step foot on a golf course. However, I literally had zero idea this event was even happening. It doesn’t really appear there was much marketing (or hype) around the event to begin with, right?
I also say that I’m not fan of F1 racing. That’s some European garbage and I’m pretty sure the same guy wins every race. Where’s the fun in that?
Anyways, for those interested in a 6PM start time for a little golf match on Netflix.