NYC Champions Sevens from New York and Live on ESPN+ July 15, 2023
World Rugby Football League announced eight of the top ranked World Rugby Olympic and World Cup rugby sevens teams are participating in the kick-off $1 million NYC Champion Sevens tournament this summer on July 15, live from Red Bull Arena in New York City. Tickets for the NYC Champion Sevens festival are priced at $55.00 and above. Check for ticket availability at www.nycsevens.com and on Ticketmaster. The Sports Techie community blog wrote about the unique rugby festival plus RFL’s founders, league office admin and management council in April, 2023 and readable here. The fast-paced, day-long international tourney format involves 7v7 playing 14-minute matches over 16 games. Eager fans of the popular sport numbering in the 300 million range can watch the live broadcast on ESPN+ video streams as well as a robust pay-per-view tournament package deliverable to digital devices creating a true all-access streaming experience. NYC Sevens is sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic and World Cup governing body USA Rugby.
“The RFL is committed to USA Rugby and World Rugby, and is honored to kick off league play showcasing these great World Rugby teams and players. Where better to make rugby history and launch America’s newest major league than New York City, America’s largest and greatest sports market, ”according to RFL.
Participating are World Rugby’s top teams and popular brands, including:
- All Blacks from New Zealand
- Wallabies from Australia
- Springboks from South Africa
- Eagles from the United States
- Les Bleus from France
- Ireland Irish Rugby
- Flying Fijans from Fiji
- Shujaa from Kenya
Wallabies Head Coach John Manenti stated, “It’s with great excitement that the Australian men’s sevens team head to New York City to be part of the first million-dollar sevens tournament. A great city, a great venue, and the best teams in the world will make for some fantastic rugby and entertainment for all sports lovers. The fact that the prize pool is to be shared among the teams is just a further incentive to perform – we can’t wait to get to NYC.”
James Topping, Ireland men’s sevens Head Coach, added, “We are excited to be taking part in the inaugural NYC Champion Sevens this summer. This new and unique tournament will help bring our game to a wide range of new audiences and with plenty of Irish support expected in Manhattan in July, it is a brilliant opportunity for our squad to be exposed to high-level competition ahead of the 2024 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series season.”
The RFL Commissioner William Tatham, Esq., affirmed the new league’s strategy, stating, “The RFL is committed to USA Rugby and World Rugby, and is honored to kick off league play showcasing these great World Rugby teams and players. Where better to make rugby history and launch America’s newest major league than New York City, America’s largest and greatest sports market.”
League Business Goals
The RFL is designed behind an initial six-year regular season expansion into the top sixteen U.S. media markets, as well as producing and distributing a range of sports, entertainment, and gaming content. Inaugural league play kicks off with the RFL’s 2023 premiere NYC Champion Sevens. The startup league’s innovative smart-start targets 2024 expansion of two playoff tournaments leading to the RFL’s 2024 Champion Sevens.
RFL commitment centers on offering private investment opportunities via major market sports franchise ownership in major U.S. media markets such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas. For VIP or Group Tickets, Sponsor, or Franchise information, call 1-833-400-7735 or email [email protected].
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Sports Techie, look for continuing RFL grassroots programs aimed at educating and exciting America and the world’s rugby fans and players in the lead up to NYC Champions Sevens and beyond.
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