TV Coverage of Rugby in the U.S.A.

Rugby & Sports Media

Rugby born in England

1823

Rugby Introduced as Olympic Sport

1900

First Televised Olympics in Berlin

1936

First Live Televised Rugby Match - England

1938

BBC - England vs Scotland match at Twickenham

Beginning of Televised Sports in USA - NBC Football & Baseball

1939

Television gaining popularity & accessability - England

1953

First Live Televised Rugby Match - New Zealand

1972

First Rugby World Cup - NZ/Australia

1987

Rugby World Cup - South Africa

1995

US HH with TV: 100.8 million

2000

Italy Added to 5 Nations for Broadcasting

2000

Rugby Channel started in New Zealand

2001

Rugby Movie "Invictus" Released

2009

Rugby Voted Back Into Olympics

2009

US HH with TV: 114.9 million

2010

Rugby in USA

Rugby brought to USA

1878

Forward Pass Allowed - Birth of American Football

1906

USA Win Rugby Olympic Gold

1924

Rugby Growing at College Level in USA

1960

Players: 3,000

1961

USA Rugby Founded

1975

Players: 45,000

1981

Rugby Hours on TV: 10

2006

Participation: 617,000

2007

HSBC 7s in San Diego

2007

Rugby Hours on TV: 296

2009

Setanta Rugby Goes to Fox Soccer Plus

2010

HSBC 7s in Vegas for First Time

2010

Participation: 1.13 million

2010

TV Coverage in USA

First Live Televised Rugby Match

1957

Independent station in Oakland, CA - California vs Stanford at Cal’s Memorial Stadium

ABC Wide World of Sports

1960 - 1980

Dartmouth vs Yale, England vs NZ, NZ vs Barbarians, England vs Wales

CBS - First Nat'l Network TV Rugby Broadcast

1960

CBS’s Sports Spectacular special on intercollegiate rugby - Dartmouth vs Stanford at the US Military Academy at West Point

ESPN - Nat'l Div 1 Men's Club Championship

1985

ESPN - RWC NZ Game

1987

International Channel Network

1995

England vs Wales

ESPN - RWC Match

1995

Fox Sports Network

1999

Super 12, USA College

Dish Network - RWC

1999

Setanta Sports - 6 Nations

2000 - 2007

Rugby Club Channel

2000

Fox Sports International - Rugby Show

2004

ESPN - All Blacks match

2005

BBC America - 6 Nations

2005 - 2012

Setanta - RWC (2.2 million HH)

2007

ESPN

2008 - 2012

USA Eagles, USA College, USA High School, HSBC 7s

Universal Sports - All Blacks match

2008

NBC - USA Eagles 7s match

2008

Universal Sports

2010 - 2012

HSBC 7s, Rugby World Cup, USA College

NBC - CRC's in Ohio

2010

NBC & NBC Sports

2010 - 2012

HSBC 7s, Rugby World Cup, USA College, USA High School

NBC - RWC (First Live Nat'l Network TV Rugby Broadcast)

2011

Fox Soccer Plus

2011 - 2012

Aviva Premiership, Heineken Cup, etc.

NBC - HSBC 7s in Vegas

2011

DirecTV

02/24/2012 - 10/06/2012

Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship Games