FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT 11 HOURS OF THE 2015 PENN MUTUAL COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND
Sevens Rugby Action Begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSN Presents Six Hours of Coverage, Starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday
20 Colleges and Universities Represented, Including Defending-Champion Cal, Two-Time Champion Dartmouth, Alabama, Notre Dame and UCLA
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia to Provide Coverage Throughout the Weekend
NBC Sports Live Extra to Provide Streaming Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 28, 2015 – NBC, NBCSN and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will combine to present 11 hours of coverage of the annual Penn Mutual 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, followed by live coverage on NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET, and an encore presentation at midnight ET on NBCSN. Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship coverage continues Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and shifts to NBC at 4 p.m. ET with coverage of the Championship Final.
Mike Corey will serve as the play-by-play commentator for all telecasts. Corey will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower. Tracy Wilson will report all the action from the sidelines.
The sixth annual Penn Mutual 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, Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas State, Boston College, Clemson, Indiana, Kutztown, Life, Michigan, Navy, Notre Dame, Penn State, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Texas, 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 makes its return to the Olympics at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, and a majority of the players on the U.S. National Team participated in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
COMCAST SPORTSNET PHILADELPHIA TO PROVIDE COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will provide coverage of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation airing on The Comcast Network on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. CSN Philadelphia’s coverage on Saturday will feature local colleges and universities, including Drexel, La Salle, Temple, Penn, Penn State, St. Joe’s, Villanova and Kutztown. SportsNet Central, CSN Philadelphia’s daily news program, and CSNPhilly.com will also provide coverage of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship this weekend.
2015 PENN MUTUAL COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP TELECAST SCHEDULE
|Saturday, May 30||3 p.m. ET||NBC|
|Saturday, May 30||4:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN|
|Saturday, May 30||6:30 p.m. ET||CSN Philadelphia|
|Saturday, May 30||9 p.m. ET||The Comcast Network*|
|Sunday, May 31||12 a.m.||NBCSN*|
|Sunday, May 31||2 p.m. ET||NBCSN|
|Sunday, May 31||4 p.m. ET||NBC|
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.
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