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There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan. Thanks to technology, it has become infinitely easier to keep abreast of the latest developments, follow the action live, and get expert insight on in-game incidents. Tech doesn’t just allow you to follow sports though, it provides a level of interaction that lets you feel more involved and closer to the action. One of the most notable examples of this is sports betting, with bookmakers providing markets for just about every sport, allowing fans to make predictions on the outcome of games. Many bookies also offer free bets that make it even easier to get in on the action by making it even more affordable.
Of course, sports betting isn’t the only form of interactivity in sports. Social media has also facilitated a form of communication between fans and the teams and athletes they support. Meanwhile, video games have given a way for them to step into the shoes of their favorite sports stars and recreate the action they’ve seen on TV.
However, another form of technology has helped to engage fans in sport more, without directly adding interactivity.
The Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video both carry a range of original documentary series and shows that allow fans to get closer to the action and see their favourite sport, teams, and athletes from a completely different perspective.
Naturally, some have been more successful than others, primarily because they’re more entertaining and engaging. But which ones are worth a watch? Let’s take a look.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Formula 1 has, for a long time, had a reputation for being a clinical sport in which money got in the way of everything else. The sport’s presence on social media was all but non-existent and it was incredibly difficult for fans to get a glimpse into what goes on inside the garages and the motorhomes at a Grand Prix weekend, and back at the factories for the rest of the year.
The first season of the Netflix show Drive to Survive aired in 2019, following the events of the 2018 World Championship. It was an immediate hit among fans, thanks primarily to the fact that it allowed drivers’ personalities to shine through far more than had ever previously been possible.
Not only that but its coverage of personal battles, inter-team rivalries, and on-track drama has helped to increase the popularity of Formula 1 worldwide.
In fact, it’s been so successful at this that F1 has finally been able to crack the United States. Viewing figures in the country have reached record levels with notable levels of excitement around last year’s championship battle.
Season 4 of Drive to Survive is now available on Netflix.
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Losers is a Netflix Original documentary series that truly lives up to the “Original” name. It follows athletes that have suffered failure and setbacks and turned them into something positive.
Each episode follows a single athlete or event, most of which are somewhat “historic” in nature, so you may not have witnessed them at the time. For example, episode two, “The Jaws of Victory” tells the story of Torquay United F.C. who manage to avoid an existential defeat thanks to a police dog.
It’s a different kind of show but one that is both fascinating and inspiring in equal amounts making it definitely one to watch.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die
Sunderland ‘Til I Die is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows Sunderland A.F.C. Released over two seasons, the first in 2018 and the second in 2020, it chronicles the behind-the-scenes struggles of a club that had shown promise at the start of the 2017 season but quickly fell into the relegation zone and eventually underwent a change in ownership.
It follows the extreme highs and lows that occur in football, especially for teams like Sunderland that are lower down in the pecking order and find themselves in a perpetual process of yo-yo-ing between different leagues.