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Notre Dame, NBC extend football deal

NBC will remain the home for Notre Dame football for the next 14 years.

The network announced Thursday that it extended its contract with the university through the 2025 season. The agreement is a 10-year contract extension and begins in the 2016 season.

NBC has broadcasted Notre Dame home games since 1991, and the new deal will bring the partnership through college football's new playoff format. Terms of the deal were not announced, but the contract is reportedly worth $15 million annually.

NBC will have global media rights on all platforms to a minimum of seven Notre Dame home football games each year, with most airing on the main NBC network. It also allows for games to be carried on the NBC Sports Network cable channel.

"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," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said 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."

Notre Dame's deal with NBC had not exceeded five years in the past.

The Irish's seven games on NBC this past season averaged 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8 household rating, up 69 percent and 67 percent, according to the network.

"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," NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said. "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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