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Notre Dame home games to remain on NBC through 2025

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On your local NBC affiliate for more than two decades, Notre Dame home football games won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future as well.

The NBC Sports Group and the Fighting Irish announced Thursday they have reached an agreement on a renewal that will keep a minimum of seven Irish home football games on the network through the 2025 season.  This agreement marks the first 10-year extension between the two entities; all other extensions had been of the five-year variety.

The previous extension was set to expire following the 2015 season.

“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 athletic director Jack Swarbrick in a statement. “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.”

NBC first broadcast Irish games way back in 1991.

The new agreement allows games to be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, the release states.  As has been the case since 2009, NBC Sports Digital will continue to live stream all Fighting Irish home games.

“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.

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23 Responses to “Notre Dame home games to remain on NBC through 2025”
  1. bat42boy says: Apr 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    Who Cares !! The only loser is NBC.

  2. ttalarico says: Apr 18, 2013 6:05 PM

    Many more people than you bat42boy!

    There’s a reason you’re a bat boy.

    GO IRISH!!

  3. mediocrebob says: Apr 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    Lots and lots of people care. Which is why NBC just extended the contract dummy

  4. John Taylor says: Apr 18, 2013 7:18 PM

    Who Cares !!

    …says the “man” who took the time to comment to say he didn’t care.

  5. barkleyblows says: Apr 18, 2013 8:17 PM

    This is probably why nobody watches Nbc.

  6. drummerhoff says: Apr 18, 2013 9:04 PM

    I am sure the ACC is thrilled.

  7. wgray981 says: Apr 18, 2013 10:17 PM

    Stupid. But whatever I guess nobody is forcing me to watch that overrated joke of a team.
    They USED to be good. Nowadays their program is wannabe-biggie. Everybody knows the championship game was an undeserving fluke,

  8. timh1955 says: Apr 18, 2013 11:02 PM

    Great! I love watching Notre Lame get embarrassed on national TV like they were in January. I use to think Boise State was the most overrated team in college football but after watching ND play Alabama I am convinced they (ND) are the most overrated.

  9. irishdodger says: Apr 18, 2013 11:12 PM

    Loooooovvvvve the hate. Keep it up Obama-nation.

  10. coryfor3 says: Apr 19, 2013 12:22 AM

    Oh joy.

  11. mediocrebob says: Apr 19, 2013 7:32 AM

    Jealousy looks bad on everyone, guys. And I bet all of you watch them.

    Whether you love them or hate them, it’s still an obsession.

  12. timh1955 says: Apr 19, 2013 9:41 AM

    @mediocrebob

    LOL…Jealous of what??? They are way overrated and haven’t been any good since the 80′s. They looked like a high school playing an NFL team in the National Championship game in January. And no, I don’t watch them.

  13. 11inthebox says: Apr 19, 2013 10:37 AM

    @irishdodger:

    Okay, okay, I’ll take the bait…”obama-nation?”

  14. 35longmiles says: Apr 19, 2013 11:16 AM

    Awesome! 12 more years of laughing at ND.

  15. ken49ers says: Apr 19, 2013 12:53 PM

    GO IRISH

  16. ttalarico says: Apr 19, 2013 12:57 PM

    Let the jealousy continue!!

    Go Irish!

  17. sportsinhd says: Apr 19, 2013 9:34 PM

    >irishdodger says:
    >Apr 18, 2013 11:12 PM
    >Loooooovvvvve the hate. Keep it up Obama-nation.

    This kind of stupid comment just speaks to the worst of American. What does Obama have to do with this? This is why America has become so toxic, idiots injecting politics into something that has nothing to do with politics.

    I’m not a fan of Notre Dame, and I think their desire to constantly be looked at as something “special” handicaps their football team, but it has nothing to do with Obama. They would make more money joining the Big 10 and could engage in their true rivalries (Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue) by doing so, but it’s moe important to be seen as being “above” the rest of college football.

    Pathetic, not just on behalf of Notre Dame, but also the idiot who would make this about the President.

  18. jjsooner says: Apr 21, 2013 9:35 AM

    Yawwwwwwwwwn. But, but now we get to see more tabloid stories of players and imaginary girlfriends! After getting beat like a rented mule by Bama, I’m surprised they’d want that kind of scrutiny. Never watch them and never will.

  19. ttalarico says: Apr 21, 2013 11:15 AM

    Why would you not watch the most storied football program in history?

    Yes we got killed by Bama, I was there to watch. But we still are 4-2 against them. But of course that doesn’t matter, right?

    By the way, since your name ends in sooner, did you not watch the game last year when ND demolished Oklahoma 30-13? So since you said you never watch them and never will, did you miss that game? Just saying…..

    Everybody seems to forget that these things go in cycles. Alabama had a long period of time when they were mediocre as well, not to mention OK. But no one brings that up. They just rip on ND. But as a ND fan, I love the attention. Keep it up!!

    Go Irish!

  20. timh1955 says: Apr 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    @ttalarico
    Alabama is the most storied football program in college football history and has won more NC’s than any other team. College football does go in cycles but ND hasn’t been good since Lou Holtz was there (80s) and they were WAY overrated last year.

  21. ttalarico says: Apr 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    Number of NC doesn’t not qualify a school as the most storied FB program. Sorry!

    Go Irish!

  22. timh1955 says: Apr 21, 2013 12:28 PM

    Fifteen national championships and more bowl wins and appearances than any other school. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Alabama football. After last January’s beatdown of ND, Alabama has won a national championship in eight different decades, as the program’s history of success dates all the way back to the 1920′s, when coach Wallace Wade first got the title train rolling.

    Bear Bryant is the one that turned that title train as he racked up 232 victories, including six national championships, during his 25 years in Tuscaloosa.

    Nick Saban has already won three national championships in just five years on the job, and he’s managed to build the Tide back into a true powerhouse program.

    Notre Dame’s glory years are long ago in the past. Sorry

  23. ttalarico says: Apr 21, 2013 12:59 PM

    You wish the glory years are gone but ND’s fame will never go away. That’s what irritates fans like you and I love it.

    Oh and by the way, I love how Alabama fans count the number of NCs. The number of NCs that have been recognized by the final AP or Coaches’ Poll for Alabama is 10 not 15! Here are the years: 1961, 1964, 1965 (AP), 1973 (Coaches), 1978 (AP), 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012. And I believe some of those were not even unanimous such as 1965, 1973, and 1978. Look it up!

    And ND won 4 NCs 12 years before Alabama won their first NC. Talk about storied!

    By the way, I posted this before but needs to be repeated. At the NC game I was pleasantly surprised at the Alabama fans. I found them entertaining, gracious in their victory (which they deserved) and in general, very nice people.

    Go Irish!

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