Premier League Deals: Netflix’s £15m Bid for a Docuseries Rejected by Clubs
Premier League clubs have reportedly rejected Netflix’s offer of £15m to film a behind-the-scenes docuseries similar to Drive to Survive. Box to Box Films, the production company behind the hit F1 show, approached the top-flight teams earlier in the season, but there has been no agreement. The proposed three-year deal would have seen cameras given access to interviews with managers, players, and directors, as well as the dressing room. However, clubs deemed the offer too low and feared it could affect next season’s domestic TV rights. Meanwhile, betting and gambling firms will no longer be allowed as shirt sponsorships in the Premier League from next season.
Simon Jordan, former Crystal Palace owner, has called for the Premier League to create its own streaming service that charges £9.99 per month so fans can watch every match. Jordan states that a streaming service would generate £10-12bn annually by charging 100 million people worldwide to subscribe. He believes the league should move away from third-party outlets like Sky and BT and own its content. Jordan argues that streaming offers significant commercial opportunities, and the league needs to update its digital thinking to advance itself.
TalkSport will have a packed day on 1 April with the clash between Man City and Liverpool, Leicester vs Crystal Palace and the heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Jermaine Franklin. Fans can tune in via the free online streaming service, talkSPORT app, or DAB digital radio.
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