Notre Dame Football on NBC
|Notre Dame Football on NBC|
|Created by||NBC Sports|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||22|
|No. of episodes||139 (through 2012)|
|Camera setup||Multicamera setup|
|Running time||210 minutes or until game ends|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original airing||September 7, 1991|
Since 1991, NBC has aired all Notre Dame home football games. This has ensured that all of its home games are on national broadcast television, a unique configuration amongst American sports. Most of the games are aired in the afternoon, usually starting at 3:30 EST/EDT. Recently beginning in 2011, one significant home game per year is aired during prime time with a 7:30 EDT start time. The games are typically planned around NBC’s schedule of such events as the Ryder Cup or Breeders' Cup, and include full-game replays on NBCSN.
In 1991, the initial contract was sold to NBC for $38 million for 5 years or $7.6 million a year. Notre Dame got half of the latter figure and its opponent got the other half.
In 2009, Notre Dame began to play one home game each year at a neutral site outside of Indiana for recruitment and exposure purposes. These games are broadcast nationally on NBC as part of the television deal with 7:30 EST/EDT start times. This was initiated with a late October 2009 game against Washington State at the Alamodome in San Antonio. A November 2010 matchup against Army at Yankee Stadium, which NBC also televised, was also a Notre Dame home game, despite West Point's proximity to the Tri-State area. Notre Dame battled Miami at Soldier Field in 2012 and met Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2013.
Although in 2011 NBC Notre Dame game ratings had slumped to historic lows to coincide with average performances on the football field over the past several years, the recent resurgence in the program under Brian Kelly in 2012 has resulted in NBC's highest viewership since 2005.
In 2011, sister channel Versus (now NBCSN) began airing rebroadcasts of past Notre Dame games, including those aired on NBC over the years. Previously via NBC's rights deal, related cable network Universal HD aired same-week reruns of Notre Dame home games until the January 2011 NBC-Comcast merger. The deal has also been expanded to cover some games of the university's hockey team.
NBC Sports recently renewed the Notre Dame contract to run through the 2025 season. This extension is a ten year commitment, which is double the length of prior extensions. This includes a minimum of 7 home games to be broadcast per season, with some games to air on NBC Sports Network as well. While most games traditionally are held at 3:30 PM on Saturdays, some games will be during primetime. Revenue from the deal will continue to aid non-athlete student financial assistance.
NBC's other college football coverage
NBC broadcast the Rose Bowl from 1952 through 1988. It also broadcast the Orange Bowl from 1965 through 1995. NBC is also the home of the annual "Bayou Classic" between Grambling State University and Southern University at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
- Dan Hicks (2002; 2011; 2013-present) - Hicks filled in for Tom Hammond (who was recovering from heart surgery) on the November 2, 2002 game against Boston College. In 2011, Hicks again, filled in for Hammond (who this time around, was calling the World Track & Field Championships in Daegu) on the September 3 game against the USF Bulls. In 2012, Hicks again filled in for Hammond (while Hammond called the 2012 Breeders' Cup) on the November 3 game against Pittsburgh. Hicks was named as permanent replacement for Hammond on April 14, 2013
- Don Criqui (1994–1997)
- Dick Enberg (1991; 1993; 1998–1999)
- Tom Hammond: play-by-play (1994–1997, 2000–2012)
- Charlie Jones (1993–1997)
- Craig Minervini (2000) - Minervini filled in for Tom Hammond for the September 9, 2000 game against Nebraska, and the following week's game involving Purdue. Hammond was preparing for and subsequently, assigned to work on NBC's Summer Olympic telecasts in Sydney, Australia.
- Todd Christensen (1993)
- Cris Collinsworth (1992; 1994)
- Randy Cross (1994–1996)
- Pat Haden (1998–2010) - left to become athletic director at USC
- Paul Maguire (1995)
- Beasley Reece (1996)
- Phil Simms (1995)
- Bob Trumpy (1993; 1995–1997)
- Bill Walsh (1991)
- Sandomir, Richard (25 August 1991). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Notre Dame Scored a $38 Million Touchdown on Its TV Deal". The New York Times.
- Hansen, Eric. "Notre Dame football: ND-USC showdown a TV hit". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- Arnold, Keith. "Notre Dame & NBC Sports renew partnership". nbcsports.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Hamilton, Brian (18 April 2013). "Notre Dame, NBC renew deal through 2025". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Press, Associated. "NBC's Notre Dame deal extended". espn.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- "NOTRE DAME & NBC SPORTS GROUP RENEW HISTORIC FOOTBALL PARTNERSHIP". NBC Sports Group. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- NFL Net's Mayock Joins NBC Notre Dame Coverage
- Video on YouTube
- NBC Sportscaster, Jim Gray joined NBC Sports in 1994 to serve as a reporter for the network's NFL pre-game show. His duties have expanded since that time to include reporting on telecasts of the NBA, Major League Baseball - including the World Series - Notre Dame football, selected golf events and the Olympic Games.