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Netflix 'involved in a HUGE move into live sports as streaming giant consider securing major boxing match' following success of sports documentaries

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  • Netflix are looking to expand into sports streaming, eyeing a major boxing match
  • It comes as Netflix announced ‘The Netflix Cup’ launching on 14 November 
  • The documentary ‘Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child’ was aired on Netflix

Netflix is reportedly exploring the possibility of entering the boxing streaming service arena. 

The streaming giants are preparing to launch live sporting events under the banner of ‘The Netflix Cup’ on November 14. This tournament will be a golf competition featuring athletes from its documentary series Drive to Survive and Full Swing.

Additionally, Netflix has discussed the inclusion of a boxing match featuring YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. 

The report also suggests the potential inclusion of a bout involving fighters from Premier Boxing Champions, a program previously aired on Paramount’s Showtime, featuring notable stars like middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, who is seeking a new platform after being dropped by Paramount.

Netflix’s executives have reportedly debated the idea of entering the sports broadcasting space for several years. However, the discussions are still in a very early stage, with no guarantee that Netflix will move forward with these plans.

If Netflix were to venture into sports broadcasting, it would be joining platforms like Amazon Prime, which already streams events from the Premier League.

Middleweight Canelo Alvarez is seeking a new platform after being dropped by Paramount

Middleweight Canelo Alvarez is seeking a new platform after being dropped by Paramount

The streaming giants are preparing to launch live sporting events under the banner of 'The Netflix Cup' on November 14

The streaming giants are preparing to launch live sporting events under the banner of ‘The Netflix Cup’ on November 14

Jake Paul's future fights, following his next two matches on DAZN, could potentially become available on Netflix as the platform has previously collaborated with Paul for his documentary

Jake Paul’s future fights, following his next two matches on DAZN, could potentially become available on Netflix as the platform has previously collaborated with Paul for his documentary

Netflix has previously resisted such a move due to the escalating costs associated with sports broadcasting rights. 

In the past, Netflix’s co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos stated, ‘We aren’t anti-sports, we’re pro-profit,’ hinting at a potential shift in the company’s stance, which eventually led to the introduction of ‘The Netflix Cup.’

Netflix has a history of producing sports-related content, including documentary series like ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ and ‘Beckham.’ 

Jake Paul’s future fights, following his next two matches on DAZN, could potentially become available on Netflix, as the platform has previously collaborated with Paul in producing the documentary ‘Untold: Jake Paul the Problem Child.’