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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
The Observer

Notre Dame extends TV contract with NBC through 2029

A Notre Dame golden helmet shines in the South Carolina sun during the game between Notre Dame and Clemson at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4.

On Saturday, Notre Dame and Comcast NBCUniversal announced a new TV deal running through 2029.

Notre Dame is expected to receive around $50 million per year from NBC, in addition to the $17 million it receives from the ACC. Notre Dame’s total compensation is slightly less than what members of the Big Ten would receive. NBC has held the rights to Notre Dame football since 1991.

This year marked the first season that NBC had both Big Ten prime time and Notre Dame football rights. NBC still wanted to hold on to Notre Dame, using the 3:30 p.m. time slot as a lead into the prime-time game.

Given its national fan base, Notre Dame prefers a consistent 3:30 p.m. kickoff that can be flexed to prime time for big games. Additionally, while Notre Dame conceded one game to Peacock, it wanted to ensure that most of its games remain on NBC proper.

Pete Bevacqua, Notre Dame’s next Athletic Director, served as chairman of NBC Sports before coming to South Bend this summer.