NBC and World Rugby signed a deal earlier this week that gives the network rights to the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, the 2017 and 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Sevens, and World Rugby Under-20 Championships from 2017 through 2023.
“The USA is one of the fastest-growing markets for rugby participation and fan growth and this exciting and unprecedented deal with one of the world’s most prestigious broadcasters will ensure that more people than ever before in the USA will be able to access the world’s top men’s and women’s 15s and sevens events. NBC will be the destination for rugby in the USA,” World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.
NBC has aggressively expanded their rugby coverage over the last 5 years. The network broadcast Aviva Premiership games from the 2016/17 campaign, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, and took the initiative to air the US Eagles vs Wallabies match in 2015.