Major League Rugby Releases 2021 Season Launch, Championship Dates
DALLAS (September 22, 2020) — In advance of its fourth season, Major League Rugby announced its 2021 season will start with matches on March 20, 2021 and will continue for 18 weeks of regular season action. The Dallas Jackals were named as an expansion team on June 5, 2020 and are scheduled to play their inaugural season at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.
Thirteen teams spread across North America will be competing to make the MLR Playoffs. The Dallas Jackals will join the Houston SaberCats and Austin Gilgronis as the third MLR team in Texas. At the conclusion of the regular season the MLR playoffs will be contested over two weeks of Eastern and Western Conference finals with the Championship Final to be held August 1.
“We are looking forward to Major League Rugby’s fourth season being a powerful return for professional rugby in North America,” said Commissioner George Killebrew. “We’re confident that this season is going to be groundbreaking for MLR with the expansion to 13 teams and plans to ramp up the fan experience like never before. March 20 is going to be a great day when Major League Rugby returns.”
Like many major professional sports around the globe, due to the pandemic MLR adjusted its 2020 season schedule and turned its attention to ensuring the league would rebound with a strong showing in 2021. League and team officials have been diligently working to build strong rosters and enhance the fan experience for the upcoming season. Matches will be televised on CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports 2 among other national and local market platforms. The MLR Championship will be televised nationally on CBS on August 1.
In advance of the regular season, Dallas Jackals training camp will begin February 15. There will be a variety of pre-season activities as well as a national media day where each team will provide standout players for national and international media availability.
The Dallas Jackals will begin taking Season Ticket deposits soon, email email@example.com for more information. Visit dallasjackals.com to learn more about the team. Gear up for the 2021 season at therugbyshop.com/pages/dallas-jackals.
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2021. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high- performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, and ESPN+, among other national and local market platforms. All matches are available on Facebook Live for international fans. MLR prides itself in fostering intense and high-stakes competition, while bringing together a passionate community built on the values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition. For more information about MLR, visit MajorLeague.Rugby.
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