Ryan Reynolds criticises National League over the Wrexham proposal. While the Hollywood owners of the National League sought to enhance the club’s fanbase via streaming their games.
Ryan Reynolds, a Hollywood A-lister, has found that watching Wrexham games on his laptop has not made him any friends in the National League, despite his massive popularity with moviegoers.
Club insiders believe he’s frustrated with the National League board for dragging their feet on approving live streaming for Wrexham fixtures, which would allow him and other fans to tune in starting with today’s game against Gateshead.
Two months after the Deadpool star and another A-lister Rob McElhenney assumed control of the club, in April 2021, the Welsh club initially submitted plans to start their own domestic and worldwide streaming service in an effort to capitalise on the attention generated by the current Disney+ documentary.
However, league officials haven’t even given any thought to their most recent request to allow an approach to BT for content access.
The decision (via inactivity of the @Vanarama National League) to not allow domestic/international streaming of matches involving Wrexham and the other clubs in the league is simply incomprehensible, Reynolds stated on Twitter. As much as increasing league money would help every team, this proposal would prevent any of them from attracting new fans.
The club’s owners are shocked by the current lack of leadership, which comes at a time when money is tight at lower levels of the organisation.
The club stated in a statement that it was “unbelievable” that the National League Board had not even examined the request, let alone made a judgement. The club is disappointed, and all we can say to our new and old supporters is that we tried our best to ensure that everyone, everywhere in the United Kingdom and beyond, had a chance to watch the game live.
For some reason, the National League is reluctant to allow their game to be aired on Tuesday, despite the fact that at least 39 games will be accessible to view in the UK across many platforms and perhaps more to the foreign market.
A National League official said, “We are working with partners to give the best solution for all, and there are wider discussions concerning streaming for all clubs that are subject to ongoing contracts.
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