FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT MORE THAN 10 HOURS OF THE 2014 USA SEVENS COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND
Live Collegiate Rugby Championship Action Begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSN Presents Four Hours of Live Coverage, Starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday
CSN Philadelphia & The Comcast Network to Provide Comprehensive Local Coverage Throughout the Weekend
NBC Sports Live Extra to Provide Streaming Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 29, 2014 — NBC and NBCSN will combine to present seven hours of live coverage of the annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship this weekend from PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
Coverage begins on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC with live preliminary round matches, and continues on NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Group’s live presentation of the Collegiate Rugby Championship resumes Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and shifts to NBC at 4 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Shield, Bowl, Plate and Championship Finals.
Veteran announcer Todd Harris will serve as the play-by-play commentator for all telecasts. Harris will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower. Marty Snider will report all the action from the sidelines.
The fifth annual USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship will be held at PPL Park and features 20 teams from various colleges, including defending-champion California, two-time tournament champion Dartmouth, Arizona, Drexel, Kutztown, Life, Maryland, Michigan, Navy, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Penn State, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and UCLA.
All matches will consist of seven players per team, playing on the same size pitch as a traditional 15’s rugby match. Teams will compete in one of five pools and will play seven minute halves, with a two-minute halftime. Rugby Sevens will become an official Olympic sport in 2016 and the Collegiate Rugby Championship will offer fans a unique opportunity to preview some of the talent who may ultimately qualify for the U.S. Olympic team.
COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE COMCAST NETWORK
The Comcast Network will air live coverage on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, with encore presentations of Collegiate Rugby Championship on The Comcast Network on Sunday at noon ET and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The Comcast Network’s coverage on Saturday will feature local colleges and universities, including Drexel, Temple, Penn State, St. Joe’s and Kutztown. SportsNet Central, CSN Philadelphia’s daily news program, and CSNPhilly.com will also provide coverage of the Collegiate Rugby Championship this weekend.
2014 USA SEVENS COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP TELECAST SCHEDULE
|Saturday, June 1||3 p.m. ET||NBC|
|Saturday, June 1||4:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN|
|Saturday, June 1||6 p.m. ET||The Comcast Network|
|Sunday, June 2||2 p.m. ET||NBCSN|
|Sunday, June 2||4 p.m. ET||NBC|
|Sunday, June 2||Noon ET||The Comcast Network*|
|Sunday, June 2||8 p.m. ET||CSN Philadelphia*|
*Denotes encore presentation
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of Saturday’s Collegiate Rugby Championship coverage on NBC and NBCSN, as well as NBC’s coverage on Sunday. The majority of coverage will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage airing on:
- NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
- NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
USA SEVENS RUGBY ON NBC:
NBC Sports Group is also the exclusive home of USA Sevens Vegas and the Collegiate Rugby Championship. The Collegiate Rugby Championship is a joint collaboration between NBC Sports Group and United World Sports, the owner of USA Sevens and the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC). The tournament features 20 of the top college rugby teams in the nation, including defending-champion California, two-time tournament champion Dartmouth, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Michigan.
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