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    So, you're telling me that rugby can make money on network TV and NCAA hockey can't on cable?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4...onship-preview

    Discuss...
    Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

    AHA:
    B1G: UMinn, UWisc
    ECAC:
    HEA: UMass, Notre Dame
    NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
    WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

    Inactive: BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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    Re: College Rugby on NBC

    Originally posted by moose97 View Post
    So, you're telling me that rugby can make money on network TV and NCAA hockey can't on cable?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/4...onship-preview

    Discuss...
    When Mark Cuban is in the mix, it doesn't need to make money.

    And they're going up against MLB on Fox and The Belmont Stakes on ABC today.

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    • #3
      Re: College Rugby on NBC

      Originally posted by thebrain View Post
      When Mark Cuban is in the mix, it doesn't need to make money.
      No, I suppose not...
      Originally posted by thebrain View Post
      And they're going up against MLB on Fox and The Belmont Stakes on ABC today.
      I predict a 0.2 for this. It'll be interesting to see what it does pull in though. A sport almost no one knows the rules to and has likely never seen on TV. At least hockey (as a sport) is somewhat familiar to viewers. Heck, even if they don't know all the rules, most know enough of them to get by (how to score a goal, etc.) I mean, all I know of rugby is that they have an over-inflated white football and don't wear helmets.
      Last edited by moose97; 06-05-2010, 09:37 AM.
      Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

      AHA:
      B1G: UMinn, UWisc
      ECAC:
      HEA: UMass, Notre Dame
      NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
      WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

      Inactive: BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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      • #4
        Re: College Rugby on NBC

        Originally posted by moose97 View Post
        I mean, all I know of rugby is that they have an over-inflated white football and don't wear helmets.
        This may be NBC in connection with USA Rugby trying to educate and introduce the casual sports fan to a sport that is not normally seen or talked about in the US.
        Loyality means sticking with a thing in good and bad times. Not willing to do that, stay home, I got this.

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        • #5
          Re: College Rugby on NBC

          Plus it's Rugby 7s, not full rugby. Over quicker, they can show more games. Plus it's going to be in the Olympics, so NBC has incentive to hype it.

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          • #6
            Re: College Rugby on NBC

            Originally posted by fishcore12 View Post
            This may be NBC in connection with USA Rugby trying to educate and introduce the casual sports fan to a sport that is not normally seen or talked about in the US.
            Rugby probably has a larger following than NCAA hockey as it is an international sport. More folks I meet know rugby than hockey, but I am in virginia so that might be why.

            7's is a good time. I am not surprised it is getting air time. Coming from someone who played for a while, I can tell you its much more demanding than football, soccer or hockey from a physical standpoint.
            "Look to the end, no matter what it is you are considering. Often enough, God gives man a glimpse of happiness, and then utterly ruins him"

            -Herodotus

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            • #7
              Re: College Rugby on NBC

              Originally posted by unh_hockey View Post
              Rugby probably has a larger following than NCAA hockey as it is an international sport. More folks I meet know rugby than hockey, but I am in virginia so that might be why.

              7's is a good time. I am not surprised it is getting air time. Coming from someone who played for a while, I can tell you its much more demanding than football, soccer or hockey from a physical standpoint.
              I fully agree with you that rugby has a larger following. Im just saying that a good portion of the country if asked about rugby would not know about it. I enjoy watching it.
              Loyality means sticking with a thing in good and bad times. Not willing to do that, stay home, I got this.

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              • #8
                Re: College Rugby on NBC

                Lets not also ignore the fact that many of these schools have huge alumni bases. Much larger than the Top 16 hockey programs.

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                • #9
                  Re: College Rugby on NBC

                  Originally posted by moose97 View Post
                  No, I suppose not...


                  I predict a 0.2 for this. It'll be interesting to see what it does pull in though. A sport almost no one knows the rules to and has likely never seen on TV. At least hockey (as a sport) is somewhat familiar to viewers. Heck, even if they don't know all the rules, most know enough of them to get by (how to score a goal, etc.) I mean, all I know of rugby is that they have an over-inflated white football and don't wear helmets.
                  A gentlemens' game ! Don't knock it till you tried it. Hong Kong Sevens also has a huge following

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                  • #10
                    Re: College Rugby on NBC

                    Originally posted by unh_hockey View Post
                    Rugby probably has a larger following than NCAA hockey as it is an international sport. More folks I meet know rugby than hockey, but I am in virginia so that might be why.
                    Note I said hockey in general - not just NCAA hockey.

                    That said, just because rugby is popular internationally doesn't mean that it's popular here. If so, soccer would be a guaranteed ratings bonanza here, yet ESPN plugs the World Cup like it's going out of style and yet their own poll from a few weeks ago showed something like 30-40% of respondants couldn't care less about the event (and another 20-30% said they had a passing interest at best)...
                    Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

                    AHA:
                    B1G: UMinn, UWisc
                    ECAC:
                    HEA: UMass, Notre Dame
                    NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
                    WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

                    Inactive: BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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                    • #11
                      Re: College Rugby on NBC

                      Originally posted by fiqure8 View Post
                      A gentlemens' game ! Don't knock it till you tried it. Hong Kong Sevens also has a huge following
                      I'm not knocking it al all! I think it's an interesting sport - I just don't know the rules (heck, I'm facinated with crickett, but haven't a clue how that works either)...
                      Current NCAA D-I rinks I've been to:

                      AHA:
                      B1G: UMinn, UWisc
                      ECAC:
                      HEA: UMass, Notre Dame
                      NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
                      WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

                      Inactive: BSU, UMD, UND, NMU, Notre Dame

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                      • #12
                        Re: College Rugby on NBC

                        Originally posted by fiqure8 View Post
                        A gentlemens' game ! Don't knock it till you tried it. Hong Kong Sevens also has a huge following
                        Actually rugby is hooligans game played by gentleman. Soccer is a gentlemans game played by hooligans. Just sayin....The USA is defending gold medalists in Rugby.Last time it was played in the Olympics was 1924 as the 15 aside game. It(7's) will be in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
                        Last edited by Bagman; 06-05-2010, 01:22 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dggoddard View Post
                          Lets not also ignore the fact that many of these schools have huge alumni bases. Much larger than the Top 16 hockey programs.
                          Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Michigan State come to mind, but overall you're probably right.

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                          • #14
                            Re: College Rugby on NBC

                            Originally posted by moose97 View Post
                            ...A sport almost no one knows the rules...
                            Rugby has rules?

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                            • #15
                              Re: College Rugby on NBC

                              Originally posted by fiqure8 View Post
                              A gentlemens' game ! Don't knock it till you tried it. Hong Kong Sevens also has a huge following
                              I was traveling through the South Pacific a number of years back during the Hong Kong Sevens and when the games were on, everything came to a standstill - think Superbowl-esque. Weird though the games were quick and normal life would resume.

                              I'd be shocked if it caught on quickly here.

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