Triller-owned combat sports streaming platform FITE will show the delayed 2021 Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) in multiple territories after agreeing a sublicensing deal with Integrated Sports Media (ISM).
The deal covers the US and all of North, Central and South America, as well as Germany, Italy, Spain and ‘most of’ Europe, Africa and other major markets.
RLWC2021 will be distributed in North America by ISM via an agreement with RDA Sports Media Rights, the tournament’s global media rights distributor.
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The competition will also be available in the US and Canada live on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view (PPV) via iN Demand, DirecTV, Dish, Shaw, Rogers and PPV.com.
Rugby League World Cup 2022 Schedule
16 October 2022 Jamaica vs Ireland – Headingley Stadium, Leeds
16 October 2022 New Zealand vs Lebanon – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
22 October 2022 New Zealand vs Jamaica – MKM Stadium, Hull
23 October 2022 Lebanon vs Ireland – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
28 October 2022 New Zealand vs Ireland – Headingley Stadium, Leeds
30 October 2022 Lebanon vs Jamaica – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
15 October 2022 England vs Samoa – St James’ Park, Newcastle
17 October 2022 France vs Greece – Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster
22 October 2022 England vs France – University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
23 October 2022 Samoa vs Greece – Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster
29 October 2022 England vs Greece – Bramall Lane, Sheffield
30 October 2022 Samoa vs France – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
15 October 2022 Australia vs Fiji – Headingley Stadium, Leeds
16 October 2022 Scotland vs Italy – Kingston Park, Newcastle
21 October 2022 Australia vs Scotland – Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry
22 October 2022 Fiji vs Italy – Kingston Park, Newcastle
29 October 2022 Fiji vs Scotland – Kingston Park, Newcastle
29 October 2022 Australia vs Italy – Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens
18 October 2022 Tonga vs Papua New Guinea – Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens
19 October 2022 Wales vs Cook Islands – Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
24 October 2022 Tonga vs Wales – Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens
25 October 2022 Papua New Guinea vs Cook Islands – Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
30 October 2022 Tonga vs Cook Islands – Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
31 October 2022 Papua New Guinea vs Wales – Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster
FITE is set to offer various bundles for RLWC2021, including PPV options and via the FITE+ subscriptions service. The company’s entry into rugby league adds to its broadcasts of boxing, pro-wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA) events to more than six million subscribers globally.
“We’re proud that FITE has risen above the sports media scrum and won the largest amount of territories for this major Covid-delayed event,” said Michael Weber, chief operating officer of FITE.
“The Rugby League World Cup has recognised our reach and reliability in trusting us to deliver this to fans worldwide.
“This marks FITE’s first major move beyond its core in combat sports – even though rugby is certainly full contact enough to keep our longtime viewers very, very happy.”
Doug Jacobs, president of ISM, added: “Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and we’re thrilled to be distributing Rugby League World Cup 2021 to American and international fans. Elite teams and rugby players will be in action throughout the men’s and women’s tournaments.”
RLWC2021 will take place from 15th October to 19th November and, for the first time, will be run in parity with the women’s and wheelchair tournaments.