(Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press / September 28, 2013) By Diane Pucin October 1, 2013, 11:52 a.m. For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted. USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming mens Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia, USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. FOX Sports 1 offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes.” FOX Sports 1 is the newest national 24-hour multi-sport channel, launched Aug. 17 in more than 90 million homes across the U.S., the largest sports network launch in television history. With nearly 5,000 hours of live events, news and original programming annually, FOX Sports includes college football and basketball, MLB, NASCAR, NFL , soccer, boxing and UFC . ALSO:
USA Network Announces Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge
Step two is now to engage those young people to be part of the long-term solution and become champions for change in their schools and communities, said Toby Graff, USA Network senior vice president of Public Affairs. The Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge is a win-win. Students get an incredible opportunity to express themselves and make a difference and we get to create a television commercial that will speak to an audience critical to fostering greater respect and acceptance. From October 3 through November 20, students ages 13-18 can enter the Unite Against Bullying Commercial Challenge by submitting a short written essay or a video. The winner will receive an iPad and a trip to Los Angeles to see the commercial filmed. Two runners-up will also receive iPads as tools to continue to develop their creative talents and community leadership. The R&R Partners Foundation has been a passionate advocate in the fight against bullying through our Flip the Script campaign, and this commercial challenge elevates this mission to a whole new level, said Cindy Dreibelbis, executive director of the R&R Partners Foundation. We hope students across the country will embrace this challenge; they are on the front lines of the battle against bullying every day. A year-long program, Characters Unite aims to combat discrimination and intolerance in all its forms. The public service campaign is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging to promote understanding and acceptance on-air, online, and in communities across the country. To enter the contest, view the rules and regulations and learn more about Characters Unite, please visit www.charactersunite.com . About Characters Unite Characters Unite, USA Networks award-winning public service campaign, was created to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Inspired by USA Networks iconic Characters Welcome brand and with the support of leading national nonprofit organizations, the ongoing campaign is dedicated to combating prejudice, discrimination and intolerance while promoting understanding and acceptance — on-air, online and in communities around the country.Please log on to www.charactersunite.com for more information on the initiative and what you can do to make a difference. About R&R Partners Foundation The R&R Partners Foundation is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliate of R&R Partners, a marketing communications/government affairs firm based in Las Vegas, with seven offices across the West and in Washington, D.C. The Foundation is an expression of R&Rs belief that creative ideas, which spring from the talent and volunteer spirit of our employees, can transform lives and affect positive change in the communities where we do business and beyond. About Cox Communications Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet and telephone services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.