Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will use their “star power” to land a big new broadcast deal for the Invictus Games. The Duke and
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will use their “star power” to land a big new broadcast deal for the Invictus Games.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hinted at the possibility of expanding the games into a worldwide TV event with the appointment of new Invictus Games CEO, Scott Moore.
He will be taking over from Harry’s friend and former aide Nick Booth, who has temporarily served in the role after two top bosses abruptly left last year. The appointment hints at a turning point for Harry’s beloved Invictus Games, as it’s been suggested a new TV deal could be in the works.
Harry and Meghan will be travelling to Vancouver, Canada next week for an event that marks the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2025.
New CEO Scott – who previously worked as the director of CBC Sports in Canada – is known for brokering big sports TV deals, as well as overseeing huge event such as Olympic and Paralympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
According to MailOnline, experts have suggested Harry and Meghan will use their “star power” to help win a big TV deal for the next Invictus Games, which will also see winter sports events included for the first time.
Last year, the games were streamed on the Invictus website, and the BBC showed some events through their live red button coverage. But next year, it’s possible Harry and Meghan will have signed a massive deal to broadcast the Invictus Games across the world.
While Netflix will most likely get first refusal, the streaming giant’s relationship with the couple is fragile, as the Sussexes have yet to release any further projects on the platform, despite the huge £80 million ($100 million) deal they signed in 2020.
Disney could also be one of the contenders to stream the Invictus Games, which will give them much broader coverage.
“Harry’s latest move with the hiring of Scott Moore shows that he is one step closer to launching the Games with a big TV deal,” brand and culture expert Nick Ede told MailOnline, adding that Harry will be keen to push coverage of the games after his Heart of Invictus docu-series on Netflix last year was “branded a flop”.
The series documented the military veterans taking part in the event, as well as a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the organisation of the games.