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Amid reports that the Broncos and New York Saints have agreed to a deal to make Sean Payton Denver’s next head coach, NFL fans may be wondering if the 2022 movie Home Team, which tells the story of Payton coaching his 12-year-old son’s football team during his one-year suspension from the NFL, is available to stream, whether on Netflix or elsewhere.

Yahoo Sports reports that the Broncos will send the Saints a first-round draft pick some time this year, and a second-round selection in 2024. In exchange, they will acquire the rights to hire Payton. He was still under contract in New Orleans. The Broncos will also get a 2024 third-round pick, in return.

For his part, Payton reportedly told the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan how much he’s looking forward to taking the reins in Denver. “Great fanbase,” he said. “Great tradition. The ownership group is fantastic, and I love the way they competed last year. It’s a great football city like we had in New Orleans.”

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Is the Sean Payton movie available to stream on Netflix? Where to watch Home Team

Yes, Home Team, which loosely tells the story of a year Sean Payton spent coaching his son’s football team, is available to stream on Netflix.

So if you already have a Netflix subscription, you can go ahead and watch Kevin James as Sean Payton, alongside Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Jackie Sandler and Tait Blum.

It arrived on the streaming platform on January 28, 2022.

On Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from across the Web, it has an overall critics’ score of 19%. As in, 19% of critics’ reviews are positive. It has an average rating of four out of 10.

To what extent is Netflix’s Sean Payton movie Home Team based on a true story?

Netflix’s very own Tudum platform describes Home Team as “based on a very real situation” involving former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

In 2012, he received a suspension from the NFL, for one year, as in the movie. As a result, he went to Texas, and coached his son’s youth football team.

His suspension followed an investigation in the NFL, into the so-called “Bountygate” scandal. The NFL identified Gregg Williams as the ringleader. It suspended him for a year.

Payton also received a 12-month suspension, without pay. The league “chastised” Payton, according to the NFL’s official statement at the time, for choosing to “falsely deny that the program existed”; and for trying to “encourage the false denials by instructing assistants to ‘make sure our ducks are in a row.’”

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So Sean Payton really coached a kids’ football team?

Correct. He travelled to Dallas in 2012 to spend more time with his two kids, Meghan (born 1997) and Connor (2000).

One thing apparently led to another, and he ended up becoming the offensive coordinator for Connor’s middle school football team. 

He kept half an eye on the New Orleans Saints’ progress. But really, he cherished the opportunity to spend the extra time with his young ones.

“One of the things about what we do,” he told the Times-Picayune in 2012, “so many times you’re missing things, getting pictures of things we miss, phone calls of what you missed.”

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Is Home Team available to stream anywhere else besides Netflix?

Apparently not. It premiered on the platform in January last year – almost exactly a year ago; Netflix has the distribution rights.

Home Team was a co-production of Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and Kevin James’ Hey Eddie Productions. 

Filming took place in New Orleans in May and June 2021. One key element that the movie made sure to change was quite how hopeful Sean Payton’s son’s football team were when he arrived.

The real team, the Liberty Christian Warriors, started their season with a 30-0 win. In order to achieve some kind of change and impact in Home Team, its writers had to have the team start off in last place, and enjoy what Tudum calls a “meteoric rise.”

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