Thursday, October 5, 2017

NBC Acquires Six Nations Rights

The Six Nations has a new home on American television. NBC announced today that they have purchased the rights to the tournament for the next six years. The move follows NBC securing the television rights for the next several World Cups as well as the Aviva Premiership. It's expected that NBC will show the games as part of their Saturday morning package to help fill the void left by F1. This year the Winter Olympics will impact the schedule.

Almost certainly most of the matches not shown on television will be on the NBC Sports Gold package. That is how most of the Premiership matches are shown. The St. Patrick's Day match between England and Ireland is expected to be shown on NBC. With beIN Sports giving up the Six Nations international rugby has pretty much consolidated down to three options: NBC (Premiership, Six Nations), The Rugby Channel (Guinness Pro14), and ESPN (The Rugby Championship and Super Rugby). ESPN does own the rights to the Currie Cup, Mitre 10 Cup, and the Top 14 but hasn't shown them this year.


  1. Is there any word about the silicon valley 7s being shown anywhere? Crossing fingers nbc surprise us or at least has to be on the Rugby Channel.

  2. NBC needs to stay out of Rugby. If they broadcast a match it's Typically tape delayed, then they geo block the rest.

  3. Awesome. More delayed rugby.