Netflix to broadcast first live sports event
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Netflix to broadcast first live sports event

Streaming platform Netflix is set to broadcast its first-ever sports event live from Wynn, Las Vegas. 

The streaming giant will host the city’s inaugural Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix later in November, but first, they will feature a golf tournament entitled The Netflix Cup in celebration. 

The Netflix Cup is an 18-hole championship featuring athletes Formula 1: Drive to Survive and Full Swing. The celebratory match will take place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, with a live stream commencing at 3pm PT / 6pmET on November 14th. 

In the Formula 1 drivers’ team are Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, and Carlos Sainz. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour golfers taking part include Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas. 

Four pairs, coupling one Formula 1 driver and one PGA Tour pro, will play an eight-hole match initially. The top two teams will then advance to the final hole, where they will battle for the chance to win the inaugural Netflix Cup title. 

“We love to see how our sports series have brought increased fandom to sports leagues and competitions all over the world,” says Gabe Spitzer, Vice President of Nonfiction Sports at Netflix. “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 continued success of Drive to Survive has played a significant role in the growth of Formula 1 in the US, which has ultimately led to the addition of a third American race,” said Emily Prazer, Chief Commercial Officer, Las Vegas Grand Prix, Inc. “It’s only fitting that we kick off our inaugural race weekend with a fun event that can be streamed by F1 and PGA Tour fans around the globe.”

“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,” says Norb Gambuzza, PGA Tour Senior Vice President of Media and Gaming. “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.”

“The Wynn Golf Club has hosted a number of unique matchups over the years, and The Netflix Cup will be an incredible addition to the storied history of the course,” says Steve Weitman, President at Wynn Las Vegas. “This tournament will showcase a tremendous roster of talent, competing on the only golf course on the Las Vegas Strip, just steps away from the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.”