NBC Sports Group has signed a four-year
partnership agreement with World Rugby.
The deal gives NBC Sports the right to present
the HSBC World
Rugby Sevens Series across its platforms
in the USA from 2020-2023 inclusive.
NBC will provide more than 300 hours of
programming annually across NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team
USA, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the
Olympic Channel app.
Coverage will also be available to fans with a
digital subscription through NBC Sports Gold ó NBC Sports Groupís
premium-subscription product for desktops, mobile devices,
tablets, and connected TVs.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series 2020 will commence on 5-6 October 2019 in Glendale,
Colorado with the opening tournament of the womenís series, which
increases to eight rounds for the first time in history.
competition, which will be contested across ten rounds and begins
in Dubai on 5-7 December, will once again travel to the United
States where it will be hosted in Los Angeles.
move from Las Vegas will see the two-day event return to the home
stadium of the MLS side, LA Galaxy and the NFL's LA Chargers,
Dignity Health Sports Park in California - the same venue
earmarked to host rugby sevens in the LA 2028 Olympic Games.
Independent Nielsen research has found USA to have the
highest proportion of rugby fans worldwide with more than 33
million people who are either Ďinterested or very interestedí in
the sport, demonstrating the huge potential for the growth of
rugby in the USA.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, which
was hosted in San Francisco, saw more than 100,000 fans attend the
three-day event at AT&T Park, setting a new attendance record for
a rugby event held in the USA.
As host broadcaster of
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, NBC confirmed that the tournament was
the most watched live rugby cast in the USA on record, with
coverage reaching nine million viewers across five telecasts and
finals day coverage averaging 1.365 million viewers.
NBC Sports & NBCSN President of
Programming, Jon Miller, said, "We are excited to once again
present the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. As we head into an
Olympic year, this partnership with World Rugby allows us to add
to our portfolio of the most marquee rugby events in the world and
help grow the sport both domestically and internationally."
Following its successful introduction at Rio 2016, rugby
sevens will make its second appearance on the Olympic Games
programme at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will be produced
by NBC Sports Group in the United States.
The 2019 series
acted as the principal qualification route for the Tokyo 2020
Olympic Games with the menís and womenís teams finishing in the
top four earning automatic qualification. To date, eight menís and
seven womenís teams have qualified for Tokyo as the regional
qualification competitions continue before the last places are
decided at the Olympic repechage tournament scheduled to take
place in June 2020.
Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper, said, "After a hugely successful
Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco last year, attended by
over 100,000 fans, the popularity of rugby sevens is growing
rapidly in the United States and we look forward to the
opportunities that working with NBC Sports Group will bring in
continuing to reach new audiences in this important market over
the next four years."
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.