The Zurich Premiership will face a tough fight in competing with the World Cup for the public gaze during October and November, but some big televised fixtures have been factored in to the schedule to whet the appetite.
Newly-promoted Rotherham are live on Sky in the second week of the season when they host Harlequins at Millmoor, while last year's regular season winners Gloucester are on show in the third week when Saracens visit Kingsholm.
The majority of games will be in their Saturday afternoon slot with a 14.45 local time kick-off, although Sunday, Wednesday and Friday matches are also fitted into the itinerary.
Live Sky Sports schedule:
Saturday 13: NEC Harlequins v London Wasps: 14.45 (13.45 GMT) Saturday 20: Rotherham v NEC Harlequins: 14.45 (13.45 GMT)Saturday 27: Gloucester v Saracens: 14.45 (13.45 GMT)
Saturday 4: Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks: 14.45 (13.45 GMT) Sun 5: London Wasps v Bath: 14.00 (13.00 GMT) Saturday 11: Gloucester v Leicester Tigers: 14.45 (13.45 GMT)Wednesday 15: Saracens v Northampton Saints: 19.45 (18.45 GMT)Sunday 19: Bath v Saracens: 14.00 (13.00 GMT)Saturday 25: Newcastle Falcons v Bath: 14.45 (13.45 GMT)Friday 31: Sale Sharks v London Irish: 19.45 (18.45 GMT)
Saturday 1: Northampton Saints v Gloucester: 14.45 (14.45 GMT) Saturday 8: Leeds Tykes v Sale Sharks: 14.45 (14.45 GMT) Friday 21: London Wasps v Gloucester: 19.45 (19.45 GMT) Saturday 29: Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps: 14.45 (14.45 GMT)
Saturday 20: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers: 14.45 (14.45 GMT) Saturday 27: London Irish v London Wasps: 14.45 (14.45 GMT)