FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS NOTRE DAME VS. NO. 24 LOUISVILLE THIS SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBC; COLLEGE FOOTBALL TRIPLEHEADER ON NBCSN
Doug Flutie Returns to Broadcast Booth Alongside Dan Hicks; Mike Mayock Again Provides Analysis From Sidelines
Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC with Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Mayock
Harvard Hosts Yale in “The Game” Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Kicks Off NBCSN College Football Tripleheader
Pro Football Talk Analyst Kevin Gilbride to Provide Color Commentary of Richmond-William and Mary at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 19, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Notre Dame Football season concludes this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the No. 24 Louisville Cardinals at Notre Dame Stadium in the team’s final home game this season. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC’s Notre Dame pre-game show.
In addition, NBC Sports Group will present a Football College Subdivision tripleheader on NBCSN this Saturday, highlighted by “The Game” between the Yale Bulldogs and No. 15 Harvard Crimson at 12:30 p.m. ET. Coverage continues at 3:30 p.m. ET with the No. 1 New Hampshire Wildcats vs. Maine Black Bears, and Pro Football Talk analyst Kevin Gilbride enters the booth to provide color commentary at 7:30 p.m. ET when the No. 21 Richmond Spiders visit the No. 22 William & Mary Tribe.
For the second straight week, Doug Flutie will work in NBC’s Notre Dame broadcast booth alongside play-by-play voice Dan Hicks, while Mike Mayock will provide in-depth Xs-and-Os analysis from the sideline. Flutie made his booth debut last week after serving as a sideline analyst for NBC’s first five Notre Dame games this season, while Mayock shifted to the sidelines last weekend for the first time since joining NBC Sports Group as a Notre Dame analyst in 2010. Kathryn Tappen continues as sideline reporter.
“We were pleased with the results of last week’s broadcast positions and thought it made for a compelling telecast,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN.
The Fighting Irish (7-3) and Cardinals (7-3) face off in their first-ever meeting this Saturday, marking Notre Dame’s 143rd different opponent in its history. Notre Dame looks to rebound from a 43-40 overtime loss to Northwestern last weekend in South Bend, while Louisville is coming off a 38-19 win at Boston College on Nov. 8.
Liam McHugh will host Countdown To Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by Mayock and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. McHugh, Mayock and Ward will also manage halftime coverage, as well as the post-game show, which will air on NBCSN.
YALE AT NO. 15 HARVARD – “THE GAME” – SATURDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN will present “The Game,” one of college football’s most historic rivalries, this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, when the No. 15 Harvard Crimson host the Yale Bulldogs with the Ivy League title on the line. Saturday’s meeting marks the 131st all-time meeting between the two schools, the second-oldest rivalry behind Yale-Princeton. Harvard enters “The Game” with a 9-0 record, and a No. 15 FCS ranking. Yale sits in second in the Ivy League standings at 8-1, and can earn a share of the Ivy League crown with a win on Saturday. Yale leads the all-time series with a 65-57-8 record, but the Crimson has won the last seven meetings.
Randy Moss (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action from Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass.
1 NEW HAMPSHIRE AT MAINE – SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The top-ranked team in FCS football takes the field on NBCSN on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, when the No. 1 New Hampshire Wildcats (9-1) visit the Maine Black Bears (5-5) in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup. The Wildcats have won nine straight games to move to the top of the FCS rankings, while Maine enters the game on a three-game winning streak.
Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Rene Ingoglia (analyst) will call the action from Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine.
21 RICHMOND AT NO. 22 WILLIAM & MARY – SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Pro Football Talk analyst and former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride joins the NBCSN broadcast booth Saturday night when the No. 22 William & Mary Tribe (7-4) hosts the No. 21 Richmond Spiders (7-4). The Tribe has won two straight games including a 37-14 victory at Towson last weekend, while Richmond has dropped its last two games.
Gilbride will be joined in the booth by Mike Corey (play-by-play) to call the action from Walter J. Zable Stadium in Williamsburg, Va.
Following is this Saturday’s college football coverage on NBC and NBCSN:
|Sat., November 22||Yale at No. 15 Harvard – “The Game”||NBCSN||12:30 p.m.|
|Countdown to Kickoff||NBC||3 p.m.|
|No. 24 Louisville at Notre Dame||NBC||3:30 p.m.|
|No. 1 New Hampshire at Maine||NBCSN||3:30 p.m.|
|Notre Dame Post-Game Show||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|No. 21 Richmond at No. 22 William & Mary||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
*Note: Louisville’s ranking is through the Division I College Football Playoff Rankings; all other rankings are in the Football College Subdivision.
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 this weekend’s Notre Dame-Louisville, Yale-Harvard, New-Hampshire-Maine, and Richmond-William & Mary college football 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 Notre Dame 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 Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. 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
For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com’s popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central). Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.
SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS – Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of this Saturday’s Notre Dame home game Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).
“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season. The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent. Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.
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