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National League to test streaming platform after Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds beats the league

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National League to test streaming platform after Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds criticizes the league for not allowing teams to expand their fan base by showing live games

  • The National League will submit proposals for ‘fully tested’ streaming platform
  • Move comes after Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds criticized the competition
  • The Hollywood star says the league is robbing clubs of a growing fan base
  • BT Sport currently owns TV rights to the National League and will work on the project

The National League will submit proposals for a “fully tested” streaming platform after Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds criticized them for not allowing clubs to show live matches.

Wrexham co-owner Reynolds criticized the League Monday for its “really mind-boggling” failure to allow clubs to stream live matches at home and abroad.

The Deadpool actor said officials had failed to pursue a plan to open talks with BT, which currently owns the rights to the league in the UK, about possible streaming, and won support from League sponsors Vanarama.

Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds says the National League needs its own streaming service

The National League is now ready to submit plans for a streaming service for the clubs

The National League is now ready to submit plans for a streaming service for the clubs

In a statement on Wednesday, the League said: “First, it’s important to remember that we already have a broadcast partner, in BT Sports, who currently holds the contractual rights to all National League matches in a deal that has served the entire League. …and all 72 clubs are good.

“BT is eager to partner with the National League to support opportunities for our clubs to generate additional revenue, as they did during the Covid pandemic, in the form of streaming.

“We have been working intensively for several months to finalize a proposal to launch a centralized, fully tested streaming platform of the Vanarama National League. This proposal will go to the board for consideration at their meeting on September 15.

“The proposal recognizes that we must respect and protect the status of the League as well as the high production values ​​of BT Sport and ensure an approach that guarantees the quality of service and the needs of all our clubs and their fans.”

Reynolds bought the Welsh club with Rob McElhenney in 2020 and has big plans for the club

Reynolds bought the Welsh club with Rob McElhenney in 2020 and has big plans for the club

The National League says it is “necessary” to consider the interests of all 72 member clubs when it comes to steaming live matches.

“We understand the desire of some clubs, who are in a position to stream independently and we respect that, but there is a requirement for the League to protect all three divisions and provide a solution,” the statement added. up.

“We will always consider the views of individual clubs, but it is imperative that we represent the interests of 72 member clubs and do as much as possible to provide income, profile and support for all.

At the same time, the commercial arm of the League is looking for partners for the delivery and commercialization of a streaming platform.

“The League has the support of Vanarama and BT Sport to ensure we can meet the needs of all our clubs.

The famous couple have bought a touch of Hollywood in Wales and are looking to expand their fan base

The famous couple have bought a touch of Hollywood to Wales and are looking to expand their fan base

“There are challenges in providing a product that can be used by all while ensuring compliance with Article 48. The Board will fully consider the proposal, including the timetable for its implementation.”

Reynolds highlighted the topic of live streaming by expressing his displeasure with the league officials to his 20 million Twitter followers.

He wrote to all 24 National League clubs in his tweets, writing: “After months of maximum effort, the decision (due to the Vanarama National League’s inaction) not to allow domestic/international streaming of matches from Wrexham and the other clubs in the league.” to stand is really mind-boggling.

“Depriving every team in our league the opportunity to expand the fan base while increasing league revenue benefits everyone.”

Interest in Wrexham will only grow further and more internationally after this week’s release of the Hollywood couple’s fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled ‘Welcome to Wrexham’. It charts their first steps as owners of a non-league fifth division football team.

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