Contact Us

The NFL Thinks Rugby Could Be the Next Big Thing

NFL Rugby
Getty Images

Are you read for some…rugby?

The NFL is reportedly interested in throwing its support behind a professional rugby league with teams along the East Coast that could start play as soon as 2014.

The NFL Network will broadcast a rugby match in August featuring a European team and a squad comprised of some US blokes as a kind of litmus test to see if a league would be viable stateside.

The NFL reportedly wants to get into bed with a pro rugby league to help fill a programming void in the offseason, because there is clearly just so much ‘Total Access’ you can air before viewers drift off to the History channel to watch Chumlee say something stupid on ‘Pawn Stars.’

It’s also worth noting the NFL, which is trying to make the game safer amidst the seemingly growing number of concussions player suffer, would throw its weight behind a sport like rugby. To many Americans, the game seems to be nothing more than a combination of “kill the man with the ball” and the Good Samaritan who runs down street to tackle the thief who stole an old woman’s purse.

Of course, maybe the NFL is onto something by importing a sport from another continent. America has done it with soccer. If rugby works, you know it’s only a matter of time before curling goes big-time in the US.

NEXT: Terrell Owens Went From Baller To...

More from the Whale

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://991thewhale.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WAAL 99.1 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on WAAL 99.1 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!