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Netflix brings golfers and F1 drivers together for a live golf showdown

  • Netflix will broadcast its first foray into live sport in November.
  • The Netflix Cup will feature Formula 1 drivers paired with PGA Tour golfers in a eight-hole golf game.
  • The Netflix Cup will serve as a build-up event for Formula 1’s return to Las Vegas.

On the back of the success of its sport-focused docuseries’ Netflix has announced its first foray into live sports with a golf tournament.

The show match will feature Formula 1 drivers and PGA golfers competing against each other. Formula 1 drivers, Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr will pair up with Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas.

Each driver will be matched with a golfer and the four teams of two will battle it out in a eight-hole game at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas for the Netflix Cup.

“We love to see how our sports series have brought increased fandom to sports leagues and competitions all over the world,” Gabe Spitzer, vice president of Nonfiction Sports at Netflix said in a press release. “The Netflix Cup will take that energy to the next level with global stars from two popular hits competing in our first-ever live sports event.”

The showdown will be streamed live on Netflix on 14th November which is the week that Formula 1 returns to Las Vegas for the first time since the 80s when the race was widely regarded as a failure.

This time around, the Formula 1 promises that the race will be different. For one, the race will take place at night in an attempt to offset the extreme temperatures. The race will take place at 22:00 Las Vegas time which could be the latest start time on the calendar.

Netflix reportedly wanted to broadcast this race but ultimately, couldn’t compete with the deep pockets of the other bidders.

“The PGA TOUR is proud to participate in this significant milestone for Netflix and we look forward to showcasing our sport’s professional athletes to a live global audience,” senior vice president of Media and Gaming at PGA Tour, Norb Gambuzza said in a statement. “New and diverse audiences have come to know more about both our sports and their athletes through Full Swing and Drive to Survive, and we are excited to team up with Netflix, Formula 1 and the Las Vegas Grand Prix on this exciting concept.”

As this is the streaming behemoth’s first foray into live sports, the match will be produced by Excel Sports Management, BZ Entertainment, and Full Day Productions the company behind the ESPY Awards, the Oscars Red Carpet Show, and the NFL Honors.

It isn’t clear if this will be a global event. If it is, the broadcast will only begin at midnight in South Africa on Tuesday 14th November. That’s a hard ask considering the last live event Netflix tried to stream was a mess.

Perhaps this will be better, not that we’re particularly keen to stay up beyond midnight to watch a few sportsmen hit white balls around a course.

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