NBC Sports Renews Rights Deal With Notre Dame FootballExtension Includes Rights for NBC Sports Network 4/18/2013 10:44 AM Eastern
NBC Sports Group has renewed its media rights deal with Notre Dame football with a 10-year extension that carries through the 2025 season.
The new agreement, which begins in 2016, includes rights for the NBC Sports Network to carry certain games. NBC Sports Group maintains its global media rights to at least seven games Notre Dame home football games per season, with most airing on the NBC broadcast network. NBC Sports Digital will continue to live-stream games, as it has since 2009.
Last season, NBC averaged 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8 household rating for its seven games, up 69% and 67%, respectively, versus 2011. The Fighting Irish are coming off an undefeated regular season, though they lost to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.
"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."
NBC has been televising Notre Dame football since 1991 and the new agreement will extend the partnership to 35 years.