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NESN & FREE JACKS ANNOUNCE TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP FOR 2020 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SEASON

NESN BECOMES THE NEW ENGLAND FREE JACKS REGIONAL BROADCAST PARTNER TO BRING TOP PROFESSIONAL RUGBY TO THE NEW ENGLAND AREA

NESN TO COVER 9 FREE JACKS GAMES DURING THE 2020 MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY SEASON

BOSTON—February 06, 2020—The New England Free Jacks and the New England Sports Network (NESN) announced Thursday a partnership in preparation for the Free Jacks Inaugural Season in Major League Rugby. Through the partnership NESN becomes the New England Free Jacks 2020 regional broadcast partner and will air nine Free Jacks matches during the regular season including the Free Jacks’ first fixture in Major League Rugby this weekend in Las Vegas against Rugby United New York.

NESN will bring top professional rugby to the New England area as the Free Jacks begin their Major League Rugby campaign. A full broadcast schedule can be found below and here. Ticket purchases along with details of the New England Free Jacks matches are available at www.freejacks.com

NESN and NESN+ are available throughout New England. For a complete channel listing in your area, click here. All of NESN’s programming is also available to watch for authenticated subscribers on NESN.com or the NESN App.

DateOpponentKickoff Time (ET)Broadcaster Details
Sunday, February 9v. Rugby United4:00 PMNESN
Saturday, February 15@ Utah Warriors2:30 PMNESN (tape delay 2/16, 5:00pm)
Sunday, February 23@ San Diego Legion7:00 PMFS2
Saturday, February 29@ Seattle Seawolves10:00 PMFS2
Saturday, March 7@ NOLA Gold4:00 PMNESN+ (tape delay 3/7, 9:00pm)
Saturday, March 14v. Houston Sabercats4:00 PMNESN
Sunday, March 22@ ATL Rugby2:00 PMCBSSN
Saturday, April 4v. Colorado Raptors7:30 PMCBSSN
Saturday, April 11@ Toronto Arrows12:00 PMNESN+
Saturday, April 18v. Old Glory DC12:00 PMESPNews
Saturday, April 25v. NOLA Gold4:00 PMCBSSN
Saturday, May 2@ Rugby United7:00 PMNESN
Saturday, May 9v. Austin Gilgronis4:00 PMNESN+
Saturday, May 16v. Toronto Arrows12:00 PMESPNews
Sunday, May 24@ Old Glory DC3:00 PMNESN+
Saturday, May 30v. ATL Rugby4:00 PMNESN+

About NESN: NESN is consistently one of the top-rated regional sports networks in the country with award-winning Red Sox and Bruins coverage. NESN and NESNplus are delivered throughout the six-state New England region and are available anytime, anywhere on any device on the NESN app and at NESN.com. The network is also distributed nationally as NESN National. NESN.com is one of the country’s most visited sports websites with a state-of-the-art HD studio dedicated to digital video productions. NESN’s social responsibility program, NESN Connects, is proud to support and connect its employees with charitable organizations in our communities. NESN is owned by Fenway Sports Group (owners of the Boston Red Sox) and Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins).

About New England Free Jacks:  The New England Free Jacks are greater Boston’s 1st Professional Rugby team representing all the greatness of the six New England states on and off the field. The Free Jacks were named the 9th member of Major League Rugby on September 20th and will compete in the 2020 MLR regular season. For more information please visit www.freejacks.com

Major League Rugby:  Major League Rugby (MLR) is a professional rugby league, launched in April 2018. It is an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels—as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information please visit https://www.majorleague.rugby/

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