The new Premier Rugby Sevens will partner with Fox Sports to broadcast the men’s and women’s competition this fall. The inaugural events will be shown on FS1, FS2, the Fox Sports App and FoxSports.com.
“When we founded PR7s, we envisioned the top North American players competing on a national stage to showcase the most electric sport on the planet,” said Owen Scannell, founder and chief executive officer of Premier Rugby Sevens. “Our relationship with Fox Sports ensures existing rugby fans, and new fans alike, will receive high-quality content and live telecasts across top tier platforms. The announcement also provides a variety of sponsorship opportunities for partners to align with a sport and a league that is perfect for the next generation of young fans.”
PR7s is expected to feature many players who will represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where it will be staged for the second time after its Olympics debut in 2016.
The league will include six men’s teams and four women’s teams playing multiple games in one location. The first host city, event date and team have yet to be announced.
“As the exclusive television partner of Premier Rugby Sevens, we are proud to drive more awareness to this exciting new league and showcase the world-class athletes who will be part of its launch,” said Bill Wanger, executive vice president and head of programming and scheduling for Fox Sports. “The speed of ‘sevens’ combined with the league’s tournament format featuring 15-minute games are perfect for today’s sports fans.”