Premiership Rugby has a new home: the NBC Sports Group.
Starting the 2016-17 season, the top league in the English club rugby union will be broadcast on NBCSN and Live Extra. Games, which make up 22 rounds of play, will be shown on weekends from September to May. NBCSN will air 25 regular-season matches, highlighted by “Game of the Week” matches, and Live Extra will surround coverage with 50 additional streaming matches.
For NBC, it’s an expansion of its commitment to help grow the sport domestically, a commitment that includes broadcasting the Penn Mutual College Rugby Championship, Varsity Cup and the Rugby Sevens World Series.
“Aviva Premiership Rugby is another cornerstone within our growing and unprecedented rugby portfolio and our unparalleled collection of international sports properties, which includes the Premier League, the Open Championship, Formula One, French Open, and Tour de France,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN.
In addition to broadcasting matches, NBCSN will present the first Premiership Rugby match on US soil on Saturday.
“This new agreement with NBC Sports Group is an historic milestone for us,” said Mark McCafferty, Chief Executive at Premiership Rugby. “It takes the Aviva Premiership Rugby brand to a bigger audience than we have ever had in the U.S.”