April 22, 2013 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame, NBC Renew TV Deal Through 2025

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Notre Dame, NBC TV Contract

Notre Dame fans should get used to see Alex Flanagan roam the sidelines of Notre Dame Stadium and interview head coach Brian Kelly after Notre Dame and NBC renewed their landmark TV deal last week. (Photo – Vincent Muzik/Icon SMI)

NBC has been the home of Notre Dame football home games for the past 22 seasons.  It will remain the home of Notre Dame football home games for another 13 after the two announced last week that they renewed the one of kind deal through the 2025 season.

Notre Dame and NBC’s deal was set to expire after the 2015 season, but on the heels of Notre Dame’s first undefeated regular season in more than two decades, the two have decided to continue a marriage that has allowed every Notre Dame fan with basic cable to catch every home game since 1991 without the need for any special cable packages.

That same marriage has also been the source of frequent complaints from opposing fans who want to see Notre Dame join a conference.  Based on this latest deal, those people are going to continue to complain for at least the next 13 years.

The NBC broadcast has undergone a lot of changes over the last few years with Mike Mayock taking over color commentary duties from Pat Hayden when he took the role of Athletic Director at his alma mater, USC.  Dan Hicks just replaced Tom Hammond as the play by play commentator starting with this past weekend’s Blue-Gold game.

In reent years NBC has put a renewed focus on the partnership with Notre Dame by airing special programming such as this past weekend’s Strong and True hour long special recapping Notre Dame’s entire spring practice on their new NBC Sports Network.  Last season NBC Sports Network also aired a special on the Irish’s undefeated season prior to Notre Dame’s appearance in the national championship game.

Notre Dame fans frequently complain about the length of commercials during NBC games, but in reality, there isn’t much to complain about.  The deal with NBC allows Notre Dame to maintain it’s football independence and fans to see every single home game on a national broadcast without having to worry about regional coverage or anything else of the like.

Notre Dame’s recent success on the field likely sped up negotiations here since the deal was not set to expire for another three seasons.  Viewership was way up last year as Notre Dame navigated the regular season undefeated.  With USC and Oklahoma set to visit South Bend, NBC won’t be hurting for ratings again this year.

 

Comments to this Article

  • JC commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:53 am

    A. I do not want ND to join a conference.
    B. I do not like the cesspool of extreme-fringe-people at NBC.
    C. Any broadcast viewership would be up with a ND exclusive at this
    juncture. Duh… NBC is desperate to improve their overall falling
    network ratings not just sports.
    D. I’ll continue to mute out NBC Kooks and listen to Allen Pinkett.
    E. And, so yes, in my view, NBC ad nauseam continues about money only.
    F. So how much money were you paid to attack ND fans with your sardonic
    presentation promoting NBC?

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  • JC commented on April 24th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Enough of bias-subjective whiff. Give me real data as extolled by your ‘Resident Football Professor.’

    For your information, fact of the matter is: “Fox Sports 1 has NBC Sports playing defense,” Bank said. “It’s imperative to lock down content that is left.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/22097900/contract-gives-nbc-notre-dame-rights-through-2025

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  • JC commented on April 24th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    More unemotional facts: http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2013-04-18/sports/38655756_1_nbc-sports-group-stadium-notre-dame-stadium

    Contemporary documentation 101 – instead of bullquestration and continuous fan-bashing sermonettes, thank you!

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  • Rich commented on September 13th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    NBC would have been crazy not to get ND under contract again. I only wish that they had kept Tom Hammond, for me he is the voice of ND. I like Mayock, but it’s just not the same without Tom. Now all ND has to do is continue to win! Go Irish!

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