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NBC, NBCSN AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK COMBINE TO PRESENT MORE THAN 14 HOURS OF USA SEVENS RUGBY LAS VEGAS

NBC and NBCSN Combine to Present More Than Seven Hours of Live Coverage

Universal Sports to Present More Than Seven Hours of Live Coverage

Live Coverage Begins Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on Universal Sports

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 21, 2014 – NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network will deliver more than 15 hours of the 2014 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Coverage begins on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on Universal Sports, and will continue through the weekend on NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports. The broadcast presentation of the Las Vegas tournament will feature exclusive live coverage of full matches, as well as highlights from the three-day event.

One of the premier Rugby Sevens events in the world, the USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament is the fourth of nine stops on the2013-14 HSBC Sevens World Series, and is the largest Rugby tournament in North America. The tournament will feature the USA Eagles and 15 other national teams competing to gain points in the Sevens World Series standings.

Played on the same size field as traditional 15-player rugby, sevens rugby is played with just seven players per team. Matches have seven minute halves, with two minute intervals for pool and knock-out matches.

Veteran play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will call the matches for NBC and NBCSN. Harris will be joined in the booth by former USA Sevens captain and USA Rugby World Cup participant Brian Hightower. Marty Snider will report from the sidelines.

NBC Sports Group is the domestic television home of the HSBC Sevens World Series tour. In 2014, NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine to televise more than 18 hours of HSBC Rugby Sevens coverage from New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Scotland, England and the United States.

COLLEGIATE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP & VARSITY RUGBY CUP

The NBC Sports Group is also the exclusive home of the Collegiate Rugby Championship and Varsity Rugby Cup. NBC and NBCSN will telecast seven hours of collegiate Rugby Sevens action from the Collegiate Rugby Sevens Championships in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 31-June 1. NBCSN will broadcast 2 hours of live coverage of the championship match of the college 15s championship. Both the Collegiate Rugby Championship and Varsity Rugby Cup are joint collaborations between the NBC Sports Group and United World Sports LLC. The tournaments feature the top college rugby teams in the nation including Notre Dame, Texas, Cal and UCLA.

2014 Rugby Sevens Coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports

Rugby Sevens World Series

DateNetworkTimeLocation
Fri., January 24USN7 p.m. ETLas Vegas
Sat., January 25NBCSN2 p.m. ETLas Vegas
Sat., January 25 NBC4 p.m. ETLas Vegas
Sun., January 26USN12:30 p.m. ETLas Vegas
Sun., January 26NBCSN2 p.m. ETLas Vegas
Sun., January 26NBC4:30 p.m. ETLas Vegas
Sat., February 15USN8:30 p.m. ETNew Zealand
Sat., February 15NBCSN10:30 p.m. ETNew Zealand
Wed., March 26USN11 p.m. ETJapan
Thu., March 27NBCSN1 a.m. ETJapan
Fri., April 4USN9 p.m. ETHong Kong
Fri., April 4NBCSN11 p.m. ETHong Kong
Wed., May 7USN11 p.m. ETScotland
Thu., May 8NBCSN1 a.m. ETScotland
Wed., May 14USN11 p.m. ETEngland
Thu., May 15NBCSN1 a.m. ETEngland

Collegiate Rugby Championship

Sat., May 31NBCSN1 p.m. ETPhiladelphia
Sat., May 31NBC3 p.m. ETPhiladelphia
Sun., June 1NBCSN2 p.m. ETPhiladelphia
Sun., June 1NBC4 p.m. ETPhiladelphia

Varsity Rugby Cup

Sat., May 34-6 p.m. ETNBCSNSalt Lake City

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