Netflix is diving headfirst into the world of live sports broadcasts with The Netflix Cup, a golf tournament happening on November 14th at 6PM ET.
They're mixing things up by pairing Formula 1 drivers like Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, and Carlos Sainz Jr. with PGA Tour golfers including Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas. It's a face-off where each group consists of one F1 driver and one PGA Tour pro, and they'll go head-to-head in an eight-hole match. The top two teams will then battle it out for the prestigious Netflix Cup title. If you're a fan of either motorsports or golf, this unique crossover event is something you won't want to miss.
Netflix has typically stuck to docuseries like "Formula 1: Drive to Survive" and golf shows, steering clear of live sports. However, as competitors like HBO Max, Disney/ESPN, YouTube, Apple TV Plus, and Amazon's Prime Video have been doubling down on live sports, it's got folks speculating whether Netflix might change its approach soon. They were even rumored to be interested in bidding for Formula 1's broadcast rights. While this event marks Netflix's foray into live sports broadcasts, it could be a sign of things to come, and we might see more of this kind of content in the future. Whether it's a one-time thing or the beginning of a new trend, we'll have to keep our eyes on Netflix and see where they swing next.