Big Ten media rights deal expected to create more B1G games with Notre Dame, per report
Big Ten football fans can expect to see more of Notre Dame in the future, according to a new report.
News broke last week that the Big Ten media rights deal is expected to include NBC and CBS while continuing the conference’s partnership with FOX. On Tuesday, John Ourand of Sports Business Journal that Notre Dame will be signing a new contract with NBC. Ourand adds an interesting tidbit that a common media partner with the Big Ten will likely impact scheduling:
Obviously, Notre Dame would remain independent if it agrees to a new rights deal. But its association with NBC — and NBC’s new association with the Big Ten — make it likely that the Fighting Irish would add more Big Ten games to its schedule.
In other words, expect a return of Notre Dame’s rivalry with Michigan before 2033, which is when they are next scheduled to meet. The two last played in 2019.
Per Ourand, Notre Dame currently gets approximately $25 million per year in TV revenue with its current NBC deal, which runs through 2025. The Irish would reportedly receive around $60 million per year with the new deal.
Notre Dame faces a Big Ten opponent in its season opener (Ohio State) and a future B1G program (USC) in its season finale.