(CNN) US RUGBY IS ON THE RISE: SHOULD THE NFL BE WORRIED?
March 16, 2017
Rugby is not a threat to the great sport of American football", but RFL Chairman William Tatham warned, "NFL owners might worry they lose out on the opportunity to own their NFL major market's franchise in America's first exclusively sanctioned professional rugby league, the Grand Prix Rugby Football League (RFL)".
Article by Gary Morley and Alex Thomas, CNN - The rise of Rugby in America took another step forward this month as Las Vegas welcomed record crowds to its international tournament for the seventh year in a row. But, aside from the 80,000-plus fans attending across the three days, there was another significant barometer of the game's hopes of cracking the lucrative US sports market.
SAN FRANCISCO - Grand Prix Rugby (GPR), a San Francisco-based company, today announced an agency of record agreement with Rugby International Marketing (RIM), expanding GPR's sanctioning relationship with RIM parent USA Rugby (USAR).
Introducing Grand Prix Network
We are a new-breed, sports and entertainment company that produces, distributes and organizes professional leagues and events for certain Olympic-style team sports, in partnership with USOC members USA Rugby and USA Volleyball.
GPN is comprised of the following three key production and distribution units each led by proven industry leaders.
GPN STUDIOS manages all Grand Prix productions by developing and distributing our content across all platforms, starting with our USA Rugby and USA Volleyball exclusively-sanctioned professional championship events.
GPN SPORTS serves as the front office manager of all GPN sports operations including Grand Prix Rugby and Grand Prix Volleyball, under exclusively-sanctioned partnerships with USA Rugby and USA Volleyball.
GPN DIGITAL focuses on the creation and development of multi-platform products and services including mobile, interactive TV, console, and social. Working with the Studio and Sports units, GPN DIGITAL will strive to elevate fan experiences beyond anything available in the market today.
Grand Prix Network’s mission is to acquire, produce and distribute wholly-owned, world-class, U.S. based sports & entertainment content across global media platforms. After just completing our pre-launch phases: planning, protecting and projecting, Grand Prix Network is now poised to launch both our inaugural events for Grand Prix Rugby & Grand Prix Volleyball in 2018.
“We are excited about the future prospects resulting from our partnership with Grand Prix Network. This is coming at an unprecedented time of growth and momentum, both domestically and globally for the sport of Sevens. The relationship will have all the necessary ingredients to help deliver on our mission of growing the awareness and participation in the sport of Sevens here in the USA.”