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Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds has rejected the National League’s recent decision to ignore an international streaming proposal.
The Fifth Division side first presented plans to launch a global streaming service in April 2021, two months after Reynolds co-led the club with fellow actor Rob McElhenney.
And now the Hollywood star has launched a scathing attack on the competition’s decision to ignore the proposal on social media – labeled the decision “baffling.”
Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds slammed recent National League decision online
The league has chosen to ignore a proposal for an international streaming service from the club
The 45-year-old wrote on Twitter: ‘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 is real. mind blow . CC @btsport.
“Depriving every team in our league the opportunity to expand their fanbase while increasing league revenue benefits everyone. This is a spotlight and an opportunity and we ask @TheVanaramaNL to seize it. And we urge @Vanarama and @btsport to help them find the wisdom to do so.”
He went on to tag the official Twitter accounts of every team team in the league in a plea to get more international access to games in the division.
Actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds recently bought a Welsh club, Wrexham AFC
The club also released an official statement on the matter Monday night, claiming they feel “let down” by the National League’s decision.
The statement read: “The issue of streaming National League matches for all clubs has been on the agenda for a long time, and Wrexham AFC first raised it in April 2021.
“The ability to stream games would benefit all clubs financially and significantly raise the League’s profile by providing the League’s executives with the platform to market the competition, generating more central revenue.
“At the start of this season, with the pending launch of ‘Welcome to Wrexham’, the club stepped up pressure on the National League to secure BT’s support so that all clubs could compete both nationally and internationally. streaming subject to the provisions of UEFA Article 48.”
Wrexham says ‘the request was not even considered by the National League board’
It continued: ‘After no significant progress had been made, the club asked the National League board to approve an approach from BT on 23 August 2022, to obtain permission for Wrexham to play the now sold-out game against Gateshead. to stream.
Incredibly, the request hasn’t even been considered by the National League board, let alone a decision.
“The club feel let down and can only assure fans, new and old, that we have done everything we can to watch the match live, both in the UK and abroad.
“Tuesday there will be at least 39 games available for a UK audience to watch across platforms and probably more for the international market, so why the National League is reluctant to air the game is hard to understand.
“We will continue to push to ensure that all clubs can stream games, not just Wrexham AFC.”
McElhenney (right) and Ryan Reynolds (left) took over non-league team Wrexham in 2020
The club can expect a growing worldwide fan base following the recent release of their documentary showing the ins-and-outs of their takeover of the club.
Two years in the making, the Hollywood couple’s fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled “Welcome to Wrexham,” released this week, charts their first steps as owners of a non-league football team from the United States. fifth division.
If all goes well, interest in Wrexham’s National League tour could increase across America – where the two co-owners are most famous.
Rob McElhenney (left) and Ryan Reynolds (right) pictured at Wrexham’s home stadium
McElhenney and Reynolds formed a business partnership before acquiring Wrexham more than two years ago.
It was a deal that was initially greeted with controversy, but over time, more fans have embraced the idea that Hollywood A-Listers would own a non-league football club.
A lot of money has gone into the club, and Phil Parkinson’s side won the season by beating Eastleigh 2-1 on the opening day of the National League season.
They are currently 7th in the National League and have had three wins in their first five games.