ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame Signs With NBC Through 2025, Won’t Be Joining ACC In Near Future

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Notre Dame Football Has NBC Extension, Isn’t Joining ACC Any Time Soon (SB Nation)

Notre Dame and NBC have agreed to a 10-year extension, according to a press release from the network. The release did not indicate how much the contract will be worth, but it will almost surely keep the Fighting Irish from becoming a full member of the ACC for the foreseeable future. NBC has broadcast Fighting Irish football games since 1991, and their TV contract with NBC has allowed them to maintain their independent status and not join a conference…

End Game (ESPN)

In a small apartment in a working-class neighborhood in Berlin, as Andreas Werner watched his son Bjoern take his first steps, he was already imagining the damage this big kid might someday do on the soccer pitch. Andreas’ 3-year-old, Pascal, was already showing a flair for the game. Why would Bjoern be any different?…

DeAndre Hopkins, Mark Harrison Deny Trashing Hotel Room (NFL.com)

Mark Harrison’s camp denied to NFL.com’s Albert Breer on Thursday allegations that the Rutgers wide receiver had anything to do with a hotel room that was trashed during the NFL Scouting Combine two months ago in Indianapolis. Harrison and Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins were staying in a hotel room that was left in shambles at the end of the combine…

Louisville Football Will Reportedly Play Notre Dame in 2014 (Card Chronicle)

It might be coming a year later than would be ideal, but Louisville’s 2014 football schedule is shaping up to be one of the best in program history. On the heels of the news that Notre Dame and NBC have extended their television contract through 2025, there’s now word that the Fighting Irish will be taking on the mighty Cardinals of Louisville two falls from now…

Five Things to Watch in Tech Spring Game (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

New quarterbacks, rising backups and a new defensive scheme led by a new/old defensive coordinator are on the menu for Georgia Tech’s spring scrimmage. “I hope (fans) can see guys flying around, having fun playing football,” linebackers coach Andy McCollum said. “It’s an honor to play at Georgia Tech. Every time you step out there, you’ve got to play like it”…

Is Tight End Pitt’s Strongest Position for 2013? (Cardiac Hill)

Pitt certainly has some question marks across the board for the 2013 football season, but tight end spot is not one of them. Pitt has the luxury of bringing back sophomore J.P. Holtz as the returning starter. After being pressed into action last season, Holtz responded with an impressive freshman season. He will likely come into a bigger role in the offense this season and his physical presence makes him an excellent blocker as well…

FSU Football Fans Have Plenty to Be Excited About (Pensacola News Journal)

In another week, Jimbo Fisher will be on a different stage, a much bigger setting. He’ll be in New York City for the NFL draft where four of his Florida State players, including quarterback EJ Manuel, rapidly moving upward on draft boards, could be selected in next Thursday’s first round. Fisher, who was at Pensacola Country Club Thursday night to kick off his spring booster tour, readily accepted a television invite…

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2 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — Notre Dame Signs With NBC Through 2025, Won’t Be Joining ACC In Near Future

  1. But here’s the question I have about what ND’s extension means for the future of the ACC and ND joining it: how easy would it be for the ACC to get out of its contract with the ABC/ESPN and get integrated into a deal with NBC/NBC sports? Could such a deal allow ND to join the ACC & keep all of its home games on NBC? That’s what I want to know.

    • Doubtful. And if I’m the ACC, I stick with ESPN. They have an interest in keeping the ACC together, which means they’ll help out financially (somewhat) if called upon — also means the conference isn’t leaving the network. In a couple years, the NBC Sports Network may be a bit more viable, sure. But it still won’t hold a candle to the reach ESPN gives the conference.

      If the ACC were to leave ESPN (again, not an advisable move), it probably wouldn’t be difficult to integrate home games into the Notre Dame package. But again, I don’t see them joining up — especially if they remain with NBC.

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