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Notre Dame & NBC Sports renew partnership

Apr 18, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

If you were worried that the seismic shifts in the college football world would affect Notre Dame’s position in college football’s ever-changing television landscape, that was put to rest today. The University of Notre Dame and the NBC Sports Group renewed their partnership for 10 years, extending through the 2025 football season.

That will extend Notre Dame and NBC’s landmark relationship to 35 years.

“While our relationship with NBC Sports is longstanding, the more recent merger between NBC and Comcast has opened up additional avenues to expand the breadth of Notre Dame-related sports programming on NBC platforms,” said Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick. “Specifically, the evolution of the NBC Sports Network has provided opportunities for special programming featuring inside looks at our football team and several other Notre Dame sports programs and in-depth profiles on the unsung heroes of Notre Dame athletics. These are examples of the growth of our partnership, and we look forward to collaborating on additional projects and distribution strategies in seasons to come.”

Those specials will continue on Saturday, with Strong and True airing an inside look at Notre Dame football. These programs aren’t just relegated to football, as Fighting Irish Digital Media has also shown inside looks at the hockey program and lacrosse as well, with more planned for the future.

For NBC, locking down the rights to Notre Dame, especially after a resurgent 12-win season, shows a commitment to one of college football’s premiere programs, now with an on-field product that closer matches its storied tradition.

“Coming off one of Notre Dame’s best and most dramatic seasons in decades, we could not be more proud to extend this historic partnership, which continues to be one of the most innovative in sports-media history,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “We are particularly excited that this extension offers enhanced rights that allow us to bring Notre Dame Football to fans on more platforms than ever before.”

The contract extension begins in the 2016 season, and gives NBC the rights to a minimum of seven home football games a season. The agreement also allows for NBC Sports Digital to live stream Fighting Irish home games, and select games to air on NBC Sports Network.


  1. scubagolfjim - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    So sports fans get f_cked by NBC again? Great!

    • irish13pa - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Turn the channel biotch. SEC on Cbs, and Espn has plenty of crap games on. NBC knows where its at fella.

  2. bernhtp - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Notre Dame picked a great time to have a 12-0 season, national championship game, and most importantly, great TV ratings for its games. I will be interested to hear the financial details, but I have no doubt the sound of ca-ching will punctuate them.

    • papadec - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      bern – I wonder if the ACC gets to share any of that “ca-ching”.

      • joeschu - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        No. The ACC has its own rights and distribution deals for games played in their stadiums. This deal covers home games only. For the 2-3 ACC games per year that are played in South Bend, it will be a normal road game for them. For the 2-3 times per year ND is in an ACC stadium, it should help them with the value equation of their media rights deal with ESPN.

  3. rambler09 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Keith is just excited because that means a contract extension for him, too.

    • dickasman - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I wonder how much he makes? 100k? 200k? Manhattan beach ain’t cheap although he could have rich father but I don’t think he’s Jewish.

      • shamrocknroll - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Keith, how many more racist and derogatory comments from this guy until we can finally get him booted?

    • rambler09 - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      I hope it’s clear that I was just joking. Keith, yours is my favorite of the blogs. Keep up the good work!

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