NEW YORK, NY – Premier Rugby Sevens (#PR7s), the new sports league that will debut with the top U.S. men and women players this fall, today announced FOX Sports as the league’s official television partner. The inaugural men’s and women’s tournaments will be available across FS1, FS2, the FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com.
“When we founded PR7s, we envisioned the top North American players competing on a national stage to showcase the most electric sport on the planet,” said Owen Scannell, Founder and CEO of Premier Rugby Sevens. “Our relationship with FOX Sports ensures existing rugby fans, and new fans alike, will receive high-quality content and live telecasts across top tier platforms. The announcement also provides a variety of sponsorship opportunities for partners to align with a sport and a league that is perfect for the next generation of young fans.”
“As the exclusive television partner of Premier Rugby Sevens, we are proud to drive more awareness to this exciting new league and showcase the world-class athletes who will be part of its launch,” said Bill Wanger, EVP, Head of Programming & Scheduling, FOX Sports. “The speed of ‘sevens’ combined with the league’s tournament format featuring 15-minute games are perfect for today’s sports fans.”
Starting with a pilot season in the fall of 2021, PR7s will feature many players who will represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The league will showcase six men’s teams and four women’s teams that play multiple games in one location. The first host city, event date, and team names will be revealed in the coming months. Fans are encouraged to sign up for news alerts and schedule updates at PRSevens.com.
The league’s initial player signings feature several stars from both the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Olympic Rugby Sevens Teams, including Perry Baker, Danny Barrett, Abby Gustaitis, Carlin Isles, Alev Kelter, Ilona Maher, Folau Niua, Naya Tapper, Stephen Tomasin, and Kevon Williams.