FOX Sports to Broadcast USA Rugby Match Against New Zealand

October 2, 2013

USA Rugby have agreed a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming Men’s match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

The inaugural Black and Blue Match, seek presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will be aired on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon ET.

“USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. “FOX Sports 1 offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes. On top of that, FOX Sports has had a monumental impact covering the world’s most elite sporting events and we are thrilled to share this marquee matchup with FOX Sports.”

FOX Sports 1, the new national 24-hour multi-sport channel, launched Aug. 17 in more than 90 million homes across the U.S., marking the largest sports network launch in television history. With nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually, USA Rugby joins a broadcast lineup that includes college football and basketball, MLB, NASCAR, NFL, soccer, boxing and UFC.

“This partnership with USA Rugby offers FOX Sports 1 the unique opportunity to be the U.S. television home for a very exciting inaugural event in the international rugby community,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports SVP of Programming & Research. “The Black and Blue Match showcases one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, bringing world-class rugby to the U.S. and – along with international soccer and UFC – continues to establish FOX Sports 1 as a destination for next-generation, rapidly evolving sports.”