Notre Dame is trying to avoid joining a conference during the ongoing realignment saga. To remain independent might require a huge boost in the annual media rights payout that the Irish are receiving.

According to a Monday afternoon report from Dennis Dodd with CBS Sports, Notre Dame is seeking a large increase to its annual media rights. The Irish are currently receiving $22 million annually on a deal that averages $15 million.

The current deal Notre Dame has with its broadcast partner – NBC – expires in 2025. According to Dodd, Notre Dame is seeking $75 million per year in order to retain its independent designation outside of a conference.

Dodd also reports NBC is seeking “shoulder programming” from a Power 5 conference in order to feel comfortable bringing up Notre Dame’s valuation. The conference emerging as a strong option to fill that need is the Big 12.

Ongoing negotiations at NBC are expected to continue over the next 2-3 weeks. It will be interesting to see if Notre Dame is able to land enough to stay independent or finally feels forced to join a conference.