Seattle Team Confirmed for Major League Rugby 2018
Salt Lake City UT: Beginning in 2018, Major League Rugby (MLR) will launch as a new professional rugby competition in North America. MLR will be the premier
rugby competition in the United States. By drawing on the best domestic talent MLR will create an intense, fast paced competition and a top-tier media
product. MLR will introduce rugby to the American sports mainstream, provide a focal point for millions of existing fans and bring even more new supporters
to the game.
MLR will launch with members in: Glendale, CO; Kansas City, MO; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Austin, TX; New Orleans, LA; Seattle, WA; Minneapolis, MN; and
Salt Lake City, UT. MLR will announce a final team and venue list, player contract information, and 2018 schedule, in the coming months. Beyond 2018,
MLR will expand to more cities with an emphasis on finding the right partners, markets and venues.
Developing the game of rugby is at the core of the MLR model. MLR will create local destinations where rugby fans and families can come together to celebrate
the highest levels of the American game. MLR stadia will be gathering places for rugby fans and local communities to gather around the game. By connecting
the national to the local, MLR will invite America to join the unique, vibrant rugby family and discover its core values: integrity, passion, solidarity,
discipline and respect.
MLR will reinvigorate the American rugby development pathway. By creating outreach programs to bring new players to the game and high-performance pathways
to keep the best athletes in the sport, MLR will create the competitive environment to push the American game to the next level.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and one of the most popular sports in the world, as evidenced by the strong reception it
received at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Rugby’s rising domestic growth and wide-reaching global fan base combine to create a unique environment
for a professional league to succeed in the American market. While hundreds of local clubs have helped the sport to take hold in the U.S. during the
past decade, Major League Rugby is poised to unite these fans under a common banner as rugby enters the American sports mainstream.
About MLR: MLR is an initiative driven by existing USA Rugby-member teams, 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
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