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Irish football signs new deal with NBC

FORT WAYNE –

Irish football signs new deal with NBC

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 broadcast Notre Dame home games since 1991. 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 long-standing, 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.”

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

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

– Journal Gazette

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