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List of televised Notre Dame Fighting Irish football home games prior to 1991

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NBC has an exclusive contract with Notre Dame, which began in 1991. Since that time, NBC has carried nationally all of Notre Dame's home games, paying at least $9 million per season for broadcast rights. Recently, Notre Dame's ratings have been down significantly due to relatively poor play and because NBC does not telecast a game every week as CBS and ABC do (when Notre Dame plays away, NBC has no college football, and thus the network has no set regular schedule); Notre Dame games on NBC drew less than half the ratings that CBS and ABC averaged for their college football games in 2008.[1]

In addition to TV broadcasts, NBC also maintains several dedicated websites to ND football, and Notre Dame Central,[2] which provides complete coverage, full game replays and commentary of the Notre Dame team. NBC's television contract with Notre Dame was renewed in April 2013 and is set to continue through the 2025 football season.[3]

On November 17, 1990, ESPN broadcast the final Irish home game to not be televised by NBC. The Irish played their final home game of the year against Penn State. Ron Franklin, Gary Danielson and Neil Lomax were on the call for ESPN.

1950s[edit]

The DuMont network[4][5][6][7] would pick up Notre Dame[8] as well as Penn's games by 1950[9]. The five game package with DuMont earned the school $55,000[10]. The year before, on November 19, Columbus, Ohio's ABC station WTVN 6[11] provided a broadcast of the Iowa-Notre Dame game. WBBM 2[12] in Chicago would also air Notre Dame football games live in South Bend, Indiana, using a microwave relay system.

Date Game Network Time (EST) Play-by-play Color commentators
11/8/52 Oklahoma @ Notre Dame NBC 2:15 pm Mel Allen Bill Henry
10/27/56 Oklahoma @ Notre Dame NBC 2:45 pm Lindsey Nelson Red Grange
11/14/59 Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame NBC 1:15 pm

1960s[edit]

Date Game Network Time (EST) Play-by-play Color commentators
9/24/66 Purdue @ Notre Dame ABC 2 pm Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson
10/28/67 Michigan St @ Notre Dame ABC 2:30 pm Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson
9/28/68 Purdue @ Notre Dame ABC 2 pm (regional) Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson

1970s[edit]

Date Game Network Time (EST) Play-by-play Color commentators
10/2/71 Michigan St @ Notre Dame ABC 1:30 pm (regional) Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson
10/27/73 USC @ Notre Dame ABC 1:30 pm (regional) Chris Schenkel Bud Wilkinson and Duffy Daugherty
11/22/73 Air Force @ Notre Dame ABC 1 pm Keith Jackson Lee Grosscup
10/26/74 Miami @ Notre Dame ABC 2 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Duffy Daugherty
10/25/75 USC @ Notre Dame ABC 1:30 pm Keith Jackson Bud Wilkinson
9/11/76 Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame ABC 4 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Ara Parseghian
11/13/76 Alabama @ Notre Dame ABC 12:30 pm (regional) Chris Schenkel Ara Parseghian
10/22/77 USC @ Notre Dame ABC 1:30 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
9/23/78 Michigan @ Notre Dame ABC 12:30 pm (regional) Chris Schenkel Frank Broyles
10/14/78 Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame ABC 12:30 pm Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
10/20/79 USC @ Notre Dame ABC 12:30 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Frank Broyles

1980s and 1990[edit]

At the same time that the College Football Association signed a deal with CBS and ESPN to air games on their respective networks by 1986[13], Notre Dame and eight independent schools in the East Coast formed a secondary rights package with Jefferson-Pilot Communications[14]. This meant that if CBS or ESPN passed on a Notre Dame game then Jefferson could broadcast it on independent stations throughout the country.

Date Game Network Time (EST) Play-by-play Color commentators
9/6/80 Purdue @ Notre Dame ABC 3 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
9/18/82 Michigan @ Notre Dame ABC 9 pm Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
11/13/82 Penn St @ Notre Dame ABC 3:30 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
11/5/83 Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame CBS 3:30 pm (regional) Gary Bender Pat Haden
11/19/83 Air Force @ Notre Dame ABC 12 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Frank Broyles
11/2/85 Navy @ Notre Dame ABC 3:30 pm (regional)
9/13/86 Michigan @ Notre Dame[15] ABC 3 pm Keith Jackson Tim Brant
9/27/86 Purdue @ Notre Dame ABC 3:30 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Tim Brant
11/15/86 Penn St @ Notre Dame ABC 3 pm (regional) Keith Jackson Tim Brant
10/24/87 USC @ Notre Dame CBS 1:30 pm Brent Musburger[16] Pat Haden and Ara Parseghian
11/14/87 Alabama @ Notre Dame CBS 2:30 pm Brent Musburger Pat Haden
9/10/88 Michigan @ Notre Dame CBS 9 pm Brent Musburger Pat Haden
10/15/88 Miami @ Notre Dame[17] CBS 2:30 pm Brent Musburger Pat Haden
11/19/88 Penn St @ Notre Dame CBS 12 pm Tim Brant John Dockery
9/23/89 Michigan St @ Notre Dame CBS 2:30 pm Jim Nantz Pat Haden
10/21/89 USC @ Notre Dame CBS 3:30 pm Jim Nantz Pat Haden
9/15/90 Michigan @ Notre Dame CBS 9 pm Jim Nantz Tim Brant
10/20/90 Miami @ Notre Dame CBS 3:30 pm Jim Nantz Tim Brant

References[edit]

  1. [1] As Notre Dame's TV Money Dwindles, So Too Should Its Independence June 15, 2009
  2. "MSNBC – Notre Dame Central – Stay Current with Notre Dame Football Scores, Schedule, Match-ups & Breaking News – MSNBC.com Front Page". Nbcsports.msnbc.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Arnold, Keith. "Notre Dame and NBC Sports renew partnership". nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  4. Antonik, John (July 20, 2019). "CFB150 – TV Turns College Football Into a National Phenomenon". West Virginia University Athletics.
  5. Kelly, Jason. Mr. Notre Dame: The Life and Legend of Edward Moose Krause. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 109. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Sperber, Murray. Onward to Victory: The Creation of Modern College Sports. Macmillan. p. 384. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. Halberstam, David J. (September 29, 2019). "Born 80 years ago, college football on TV was limited by the NCAA's grip until stopped by the Supreme Court". Sports Broadcasting Journal.
  8. Novotny, Patrick. "The Impact of Television on Georgia, 1948-1952". JSTOR.
  9. Weinreb, Michael. Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games. Simon and Schuster. p. 70. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. Shaprio, Leonard (September 5, 1991). "NOW, NOTRE DAME'S GOLDEN SEASON". The Washington Post.
  11. Helwagen, Steve (May 31, 2017). "The history of Ohio State-Michigan on television". 247sports.com.
  12. Jajkowski, Steve. "WBKB- Chicago's 1st Commercial Station". Chicago Television.
  13. Goodwin, Michael (November 11, 1986). "TV SPORTS; COLLEGE PACT NOT IN FOCUS". The New York Times.
  14. Barca, Jerry. Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College ... St. Martin's Publishing Group. p. 230. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  15. Mell, Randell (Febuary 23, 1988). "IS FANS' TV FOOTBALL FEAST COLLEGES' FINANCIAL FAMINE?". Sun Sentinel. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. Lynch, Terry (January 29, 1988). "Same Old Story for USC" (PDF). Notre Dame Football Review.
  17. Vowels, Joshua (March 31, 2019). "ESPN is taking over the Navy VS Notre Dame Football Series from CBS". SB Nation.

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