USA all the way for Rugby League

Date published: Thursday, March 15, 2012

The RFL is pleased to announce that American television network FOX Soccer Plus have agreed a deal that will see the Stobart Super League, Carnegie Challenge Cup and the World Club Challenge broadcast to viewers in the United States until the end of 2014.

FOX Soccer Plus, which is part of the FOX Sports Media Group, will begin broadcasting Rugby League this weekend when the Stobart Super League match between Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers will be screened live to more than 40 million cable and satellite households across America.

“We’re delighted to welcome FOX Soccer Plus on board as the latest international broadcasting partner for Rugby League,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.

“Rugby League has continued to reinforced its position as the world’s most entertaining sport in 2012 and it is a great boost to see such interest in the game coming through from the American market.

“I feel confident this partnership will help the sport grow over the coming years.”

FOX have become the latest international broadcaster to commit to broadcasting Rugby League, joining New Zealand based Maori TV, Showtime Arabia Television in the Middle East and Canadian network Sportsnet, while discussions are also still on-going to secure a new partner for the Australian market.

“The addition of the Stobart Super League, Carnegie Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge completes our full Rugby League portfolio,” said Vice President of Programming & Acquisitions for FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus Joshua Glassel.

“Combined with our coverage of Australia’s National Rugby League we now have a full lineup of the world’s premier Rugby League competitions, including the annual battle for global bragging rights with the World Club Challenge.”

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