Just saw this in my inbox from USA rugby.
BOULDER, Colo. ï¿½?? Expanding upon its existing relationship with USA Rugby, in which ESPNU would air selected Menï¿½??s National Team matches, ESPN Inc., has officially signed on to broaden its coverage to ESPN Classic and its live broadband sports network ESPN360.com.
ï¿½??This is a great opportunity for USA Rugby to build a partnership with ESPN, the worldï¿½??s leader in sports programming. Our goal at USA Rugby is to Inspire America to fall in love with Rugby, and our new partnership with ESPN will certainly play a big part in achieving this goal.ï¿½?? USA Rugbyï¿½??s VP of Business Development David Voth said.
ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities, including ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN360.com among a number of other sports media assets.
While ESPNU was designed as a 24-hour college sports network, its previous partnership with USA Rugby proved that its programming schedule is diverse in the content it offers. In fact, ESPNU televises nearly 500 live events and offers comprehensive studio programming, replays of ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN regional television games, specials and much more.
The expanded schedule for ESPNU features a one-hour highlight show taken from footage shot at the USA Rugby National Guard College Club Playoffs in Albuquerque. This show will be televised on Friday, May 16, at 11 p.m. EST. ESPNU will then air a tape delayed telecast of the USA Rugby National Guard Menï¿½??s and Womenï¿½??s College Championships on May 21 and 22, at 10 p.m. EST. Additionally, USA Rugby National Guard Boys and Girls High School Championships will also be televised on ESPNU; a first for USA Rugby. Those shows are scheduled for Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4, at 8 p.m. EST.
ï¿½??We are thrilled to offer more USA Rugby on ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN360.com,ï¿½?? said Rosalyn Durant, vice president and general manager ESPNU. ï¿½??Showcasing the best US athletes in their respective sport category has become a mainstay for the ESPN networks.ï¿½??
ESPN Classic is a 24-hour, all-sports network reaching 63 million homes and is devoted to highlighting and celebrating the timeless events, personalities, moments and stories comprising the heritage of sports. As a curator of sports history, ESPN Classic connects the past with the present-day sports landscape, providing sports fans with perspective, context and relevancy and includes a combination of live and classic sporting events; original entertainment series.
ï¿½??Itï¿½??s an incredible opportunity to have our international matches and the Rugby Super League Finals air live on ESPN Classic,ï¿½?? Voth added, ï¿½??and to expand the coverage of all of our rugby properties including the High School National Championships, College Championship Series and the National Club Championships via the ESPN extended family, ESPN Classic, ESPNU and ESPN 360.com.ï¿½??
The broadcast schedule for ESPN Classic includes live coverage of the Rugby Super Final from the Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., on May 31, 8 pm ET, the USA versus Clermont Auvergne match on August 9 in Charleston, S.C. aired at 7 pm ET and the USA versus. Munster match on August 22 in Boston aired at 8 pm ET.
In addition, ESPN360.com will deliver live online coverage from the USA Rugby National Guard Boys and Girls High School Championship Finals, the USA Select XVï¿½??s match against England Counties, USA Rugbyï¿½??s Womenï¿½??s Club Championships and Menï¿½??s All-Star Championships.
ESPN360.com is ESPN’s signature broadband sports network and the online home for live sports. It delivers more than 2,500 live, global sports events annually and is available at no additional charge to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. ESPN360.com is currently available in nearly 23 million homes nationwide via more than 20 Internet service providers including AT&T, Verizon, RCN, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Charter, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and more. Additionally, it is available to approximately 18 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel (fans accessing ESPN360.com from computers connected to an on-campus educational or military network ï¿½?? those with ï¿½??.eduï¿½?? or ï¿½??.milï¿½?? domains).
For more information on USA Rugby and ESPNï¿½??s relationship and to download a schedule of the tentative USA Rugby events, please visit http://www.usarugby.org/goto/espn