Netflix’s first live sporting event it’s here – and involves a golf tournament between the streamer’s athletes Fully operational and Formula 1: Drive to survive sample. The contest, called The Netflix Cupwill air live on the service on November 14 at 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT.
The tournament will take place at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas and will feature the participation of Formula 1 drivers Alex Albon (Williams Racing), Pierre Gasly (BWT Alpine F1 Team), Lando Norris (McLaren Racing) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Scuderia Ferrari). along with PGA Tour golfers Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas.
In the tournament, four groups, each with a Formula 1 driver and a PGA Tour professional, will play an eight-hole match. The top two teams will advance to the final hole and compete for the first Netflix Cup title.
Linking the event to the Formula 1 series event in Las Vegas is an interesting touch, considering the reports that Netflix was interested in bidding for the broadcast rights to the racing series. Netflix does not yet feature live sports, preferring docuseries like F1 and golf shows, as well as other showcases focused on NFL quarterbacks, the World Cup and the Tour de France. However, with competitors such as HBO Max, Disney/ESPN, YouTube, Apple TV Plus and Amazon’s Prime Video largely featuring sports, there is more speculation than ever that that focus will soon change.
(Disclosure: Vox Media Studios produced Fully operationaland The edge He recently produced a series with Netflix).