I remember a post from last year where everyone hammered NBC for hanging with Notre Dame. Last year’s ratings for the partnership were just abysmal and for that NBC has decided to re-up with the University….
NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol and Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins announced an extension of the TV contract to broadcast Irish football games on NBC through 2015.
2015 will mark the 25th year for Notre Dame on NBC.
“We are thrilled to continue this landmark partnership with Notre Dame,” Ebersol said during a conference call. “Notre Dame defines who we at NBC Sports are: from the Olympics, to the U.S. Golf Open to Notre Dame.”
The new deal officially begins in 2011, and will allow NBC to broadcast 8 Notre Dame games, 7 of which will be played at Notre Dame Stadium and the 8th to be played off-site in primetime.
An off-site game will also be broadcasted by NBC in 2009 (Washington State) and 2010.
“This is a great day for Notre Dame,” Father Jenkins said in the same conference call. “Our fans get to see 8 games broadcast across the nation in their living rooms on NBC.”
I know NBC is loaded with great shows in primetime, but what the hell happened to Sports on the network? If you’re openly admitting that your three best draws are the Olympics, the U.S. Open and Notre Dame Football….you might have a problem. Just saying.
Notre Dame, NBC Sports extend football contract thru 2015 (WNDU.com)
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