By Ray Hamill
NBC sports is going to be a busy little network in February, with some big events on tap.
In addition to its continuing (and excellent) coverage of the English Premier League, in the coming weeks NBC will also bring us something called the Super Bowl (you may have heard of it), as well as the Winter Olympics, and for the first time ever the Six Nations Championship in rugby.
The acquisition of the rights to the Six Nations was a big statement by NBC of its commitment to rugby, while giving U.S. fans up-close access to the most prestigious annual tournament in one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
It’s also a tournament that features some of the best rivalries in the game, the sort of rivalries on a par with college football here in the U.S.
The Six Nations is played between the elite rugby nations of Europe – England, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy – with every team facing the others once each over five rounds.
The action gets under way on Saturday Feb 3, and culminates in a showdown between the two tournament favorites – Ireland and England – on Saint Patrick’s Day.