The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports agreed to a five-year extension, tying the two big names together for what will be 25 years on the air.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be continuing our landmark agreement with Notre Dame, the most storied brand in college sports," NBC Sports and Olympics Director Dick Ebersol said in a released press statement.
As usual, NBC will broadcast all six Irish home games this fall. Beginning in 2009, this agreement calls for seven home games and one off-site game that will air in prime time. The new contract locks the two parties together from 2011 to 2015.
"For almost 20 years, the innovative partnership between Notre Dame and NBC has been a valuable relationship for both the University and the network, and we are delighted that it will be extended by another five years," Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins said. "Our fans and student-athletes have benefited, of course, but, most importantly, it is the general student body that has realized the greatest gains. In a collaboration unlike any other in higher education, revenue derived from the NBC contract has provided millions of dollars in financial aid to thousands of deserving students at Notre Dame, and we are pleased that this support to the academic mission of the University will continue."
Since the relationship began in 1991, revenue from the deal has generated a huge sum of money for Notre Dame Dame's financial aid endowment. To date, some 2,400 Notre Dame undergraduate students have received nearly 26 million dollars in aid. Revenue has also been used to endow doctoral fellowships in its Graduate School and MBA scholarships for the Mendoza College of Business.
"I'm thrilled on two levels to hear that Notre Dame will maintain its great relationship with NBC," Charlie Weis said. "As the head football coach, it is very beneficial for the program to have all of our home games broadcast into every living room in the country for the foreseeable future. As an alumnus, it is great to know that future students at Notre Dame will benefit from this partnership in the form of need-based scholarships."
This marks the fifth of a series of five agreements between Notre Dame and NBC.