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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRODUCE LIVE ON-SITE PRE-GAME SHOW PRIOR TO ALL NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL HOME GAMES
Six Pre-Game Shows To Air on NBCSN, One on NBC
Three Post-Game Shows To Air on NBCSN
Stamford, Conn. – August 21, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will produce a live pre-game show from Notre Dame Stadium, prior to every Notre Dame Football broadcast on NBC, during the upcoming 2013 season. NBC Sports Group’s Notre Dame Football pre-game show will debut Saturday, August 31, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, preceding the Fighting Irish’s first game of the season against Temple. Beginning on Saturday, September 21, and prior to all remaining Notre Dame Football home games in 2013, including the annual off-site Shamrock Series game, the pre-game show will air on NBCSN.
Liam McHugh will host the show from the field at Notre Dame Stadium, and will be joined on-site by 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. McHugh, Flutie and Ward will also handle half-time coverage on NBC broadcasts, all of which will originate from the field.
In addition, NBC Sports Group will produce a post-game show, on NBCSN, after three Notre Dame Football broadcasts on NBC.
NBC will broadcast seven Notre Dame Football games this season, including two in primetime. NBC Sports’ 2013 Notre Dame Football schedule is highlighted by the Fighting Irish’s primetime game against USC on Saturday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Continuing its annual off-site Shamrock Series, Notre Dame will host the Arizona State Sun Devils at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET. This is the fifth straight season that NBC will broadcast a Notre Dame off-site home game in primetime.
Live game coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC begins Saturday, August 31, at 3:30 p.m. ET, when the Fighting Irish host Temple. The 2013 schedule also includes 3:30 p.m. ET games against Michigan State on Saturday, September 21; Oklahoma on Saturday, September 28; Navy on Saturday, November 2; and BYU on Saturday, November 23.
The post-game shows, where applicable, will air on NBCSN, immediately following game coverage on NBC. Post-game shows will air after Temple – Notre Dame on August 31, Oklahoma – Notre Dame on September 28, and BYU – Notre Dame on November 23.
Dan Hicks, NBC Sports Group’s longtime and critically-acclaimed golf and Olympic commentator, will lead NBC Sports’ Notre Dame Football coverage for the first time this season as its play-by-play voice. Hicks will join analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan for NBC’s 23rd season broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games.
Following is NBC Sports Group’s 2013 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET):
|Saturday, Aug. 31||Temple**||3 p.m.||NBC||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Saturday, Sept. 21||Michigan State||3 p.m.||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Saturday, Sept. 28||Oklahoma**||3 p.m.||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Saturday, Oct. 5||Arizona State*||7 p.m.||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Saturday, Oct. 19||USC||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Saturday, Nov 2||Navy||3 p.m.||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Saturday, Nov 23||BYU**||3 p.m.||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
*Off-site Shamrock Series game from Arlington, Texas.
** Post-game show on NBCSN
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”
Sideline reporter Alex Flanagan will provide live in-game tweets. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.
NBCSports.com will again continue its Notre Dame football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.
COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
Beginning this season, NBC Sports Regional Networks’ Comcast SportsNet Chicago will join forces with NBC Sports to help power NBCSports.com’s “Notre Dame Central” (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central). CSN Chicago will contribute a dedicated Notre Dame Football “Insider” in JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, who will serve as a beat reporter providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.
Fans can also follow the network’s @IrishTalkCSN Twitter handle for the latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7. Also this season, CSN Chicago will provide its TV viewers with same day replays of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports beginning Saturday, August 31, along with a CSNChicago.com live stream of Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conferences. In addition, Comcast SportsNet Chicago has also hired Tony Rice, quarterback of the 1988 National Champion Fighting Irish, to be its ND Football on-air/online contributor throughout the upcoming college football season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON NBCSN
In addition to Notre Dame Football on NBC, NBC Sports Group will air 11 games featuring teams from the CAA and Ivy League, all on NBCSN.
|Saturday, Sept. 7||Delaware State at Delaware||3:30 p.m.||CAA||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Sept. 21||Lehigh at Princeton||6 p.m.||IVY||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Sept. 28||Brown at Harvard||7:30 p.m.||IVY||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Oct. 12||Lehigh at Columbia||Noon||IVY||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Oct. 12||Richmond at James Madison||3:30 p.m.||CAA||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Oct. 12||Villanova at Towson||7 p.m.||CAA||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 9||James Madison at New Hampshire||12:30 p.m.||CAA||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 9||Cornell at Dartmouth||4 p.m.||IVY||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 16||Penn at Harvard||Noon||IVY||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 23||Harvard at Yale||Noon||IVY||NBCSN|
|Saturday, Nov. 23||James Madison at Towson||3:30 p.m.||CAA||NBCSN|
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