NBC Sports adds Six Nations to rugby portfolio

The NBC Sports division of media group NBCUniversal has agreed a multi-year deal to become the new US rights-holder of the Six Nations rugby union championship.

The deal, which will commence with the 2018 Six Nations, sees NBC Sports replace pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports in the role.

All matches from the annual national team tournament, which features England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, will stream live on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product. 

The NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC television channels will combine to present linear coverage, and NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all linear coverage.

NBC Sports Group’s multi-year agreement with Six Nations Rugby adds to its slate of rugby properties, which includes the Rugby World Cup in sevens and 15s formats through 2023, and the English Premiership.

BeIN had held rights to the Six Nations from 2014 to 2017.