From: Jeffrey Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
This was supposed to be a banner year for rugby on American TV with all the bold announcements that NBC Sports made last Fall.
First, the Six Nations: NBC got the rights away from BeInSport, but forewarned us that it would be an abbreviated schedule this winter due to coverage of the Winter Olympics. It sure is. NBC Sports Network will only cover rounds 1, 4, and 5 of the Six Nations – and even then two of the matches will be on CNBC. Want to watch rounds 2 and 3? You can see them on NBC’s online feed…for 60 bucks! I’m not kidding. They have a 14-month online rugby package from last July to this August 8, 2018. That is the only way – other than maybe Grace O’Malley’s perhaps – to see rounds 2 and 3 Feb. 10/11 and Feb. 23/24.
Sooooo…this weekend is round 1, all on NBCSN, Cox 34 or 1034 (HD):
Saturday 12:30PM – Wales v Scotland
Saturday 2:30PM – France/Ireland
Sunday 2:00PM – Italy/England
Now for the World Series of Sevens: NBCSN had the first stop in Dubai scheduled up to a few days ahead of time, but then pulled it. So where are the Sevens? On ESPN3, live and free. No TV coverage, but at least you can see each stop live, free, and on your computer, tablet, or cell. I have no idea how rival ESPN ended up with them. I’m hoping that somehow the Vegas Sevens gets some TV coverage. I’ll let you know.
It’s pretty bleak out there. Enjoy what you can,