As Major League Rugby kicks off its fifth season today, the league has announced this season's national broadcast partner.
The MLR Championship Final will be held on the main network FOX Sports the weekend of June 25th. Comparable to CBS which showed the final last season, FOX Sports hopes to surpass the championship TV viewing numbers of 2.08 million households from 2021.
“Having FOX Sports involved as the national television broadcaster for Major League Rugby this season is an amazing opportunity for the league,” said MLR Commissioner George Killebrew. “FOX Sports’ reach and audience will not only bring our fans the rugby coverage they expect but also introduce our sport to entirely new rugby fans.”
“We are excited to showcase another season of Major League Rugby across our cable networks, highlighting the fast-paced action of professional American rugby at the highest level,” said Bill Wanger, Executive Vice President, Head of Programming and Scheduling, FOX Sports.
While the entire schedule is still being worked out, here the February and March televised matches.
FIRST TWO MONTHS OF FS1 AND FS2 MATCHES FOR 2022
Saturday, February 5: NOLA Gold vs. New England Free Jacks, 9:00 PM ET, FS2
Saturday, February 12: Austin Gilgronis vs. Old Glory DC, 8:30 PM PM ET, FS1
Saturday, February 26: Houston SaberCats vs. San Diego Legion, 9:00 PM ET, FS2
Friday, March 4: Seattle Seawolves vs. NOLA Gold 10:30 PM ET, FS2
Sunday, March 13: LA Giltinis vs. Utah Warriors, 7:00 PM ET, FS2
Sunday, March 20: Old Glory DC vs. Rugby ATL, 7:00 PM ET, FS1
Saturday, March 26: Utah Warriors vs. Houston SaberCats, 7:00 PM ET, FS1
All matches not being nationally-televised will be available for FREE live and on-demand on the Rugby Network or through local broadcast partners in each market.