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

Italy Added to 5 Nations for Broadcasting

2000

US HH with TV: 100.8 million

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

HSBC 7s in San Diego

2007

Participation: 617,000

2007

Rugby Hours on TV: 296

2009

Participation: 1.13 million

2010

HSBC 7s in Vegas for First Time

2010

Setanta Rugby Goes to Fox Soccer Plus

2010

TV Coverage in USA

First Live Televised Rugby Match

1957

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

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

ABC Wide World of Sports

1960 - 1980

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

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

Dish Network - RWC

1999

Fox Sports Network

1999

Super 12, USA College

Rugby Club Channel

2000

Setanta Sports - 6 Nations

2000 - 2007

Fox Sports International - Rugby Show

2004

BBC America - 6 Nations

2005 - 2012

ESPN - All Blacks match

2005

Setanta - RWC (2.2 million HH)

2007

NBC - USA Eagles 7s match

2008

Universal Sports - All Blacks match

2008

ESPN

2008 - 2012

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

NBC & NBC Sports

2010 - 2012

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

NBC - CRC's in Ohio

2010

Universal Sports

2010 - 2012

HSBC 7s, Rugby World Cup, USA College

NBC - HSBC 7s in Vegas

2011

Fox Soccer Plus

2011 - 2012

Aviva Premiership, Heineken Cup, etc.

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

2011

DirecTV

02/24/2012 - 10/06/2012

Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship Games