FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
PEACOCK TO EXCLUSIVELY STREAM NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL HOME OPENER VS. TOLEDO SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 AT 2:30 P.M. ET
Remainder of Notre Dame Broadcasts to Air on NBC and Stream on Peacock
Notre Dame-Toledo Marks Drew Brees’ Debut as an NBC Sports Game Analyst
New York, NY and South Bend, Ind. – August 4, 2021 – Peacock today announced exclusive live coverage of Notre Dame Football’s 2021 home opener against Toledo on Saturday, September 11. The NBC Sports and Notre Dame Football relationship began in 1991, and this marks the first time a Fighting Irish game is available to watch exclusively on a streaming service. Aside from the matchup against Toledo, all Notre Dame home games during the 2021 season will air on NBC and stream on Peacock.
“Dating back to airing Sunday football replays with Lindsey Nelson, we have always strived for innovation in the media space – our partnership with NBC and Peacock only solidifies that mission,” said Notre Dame vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “Bringing Notre Dame Football to Peacock is just the next step in the evolution of our relationship.”
“We are delighted to stream Notre Dame Football on Peacock,” said Pete Bevacqua, Chairman, NBC Sports. “Peacock exemplifies how we’re innovating as a company, and Notre Dame has consistently been a tremendous partner in making progressive choices for sports programming.”
Peacock joins Fighting Irish TV as a streaming destination for Notre Dame athletic content. In Spring 2021, Notre Dame Athletics launched Fighting Irish TV, a University-owned platform delivering video content on all athletic teams directly to fans through a connected television.
“Fighting Irish TV and Peacock shows the evolution of how media is consumed by our fans and television viewers, alike,” Swarbrick added. “We want to provide a great experience to not only our fans who travel around the world to cheer us on, but also to our supporters who are either cable subscribers or ‘cord-cutters,’ and these two streaming platforms do just that. I see no better example of this than Peacock’s success in delivering fans wall-to-wall content during the Tokyo Olympics.”
The Notre Dame on NBC season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 11, when the Fighting Irish host Toledo Rockets, marking the first-ever meeting between the schools. NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Drew Brees (game analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporter) will call Notre Dame on NBC games throughout the 2021 season. Notre Dame-Toledo marks Brees’ college football debut as a commentator.
|2021 NOTRE DAME ON NBC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|DATE||TIME (ET)||OPPONENT||WHERE TO WATCH|
|Sat., Sept. 11||2:30 p.m.||Toledo||Peacock|
|Sat., Sept. 18||2:30 p.m.||Purdue||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 2||2:30 p.m.||Cincinnati||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 23||7:30 p.m.||USC||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 30||7:30 p.m.||North Carolina||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Nov. 6||3:30 p.m.||Navy||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Nov. 20||2:30 p.m.||Georgia Tech||NBC/Peacock|
Notre Dame Football coverage will stream on Peacock Premium. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers. Viewers can sign up at peacocktv.com. Peacock is widely available across devices, details here.
Prior to the Notre Dame-Toledo game, Peacock will offer fans a limited time offer to save on Peacock Premium during football season — details will become available at www.peacocktv.com/notredame on Wednesday, August 11.
This year, NBC Sports Group and Notre Dame will kick off their 31st season. NBC Sports Group and the University of Notre Dame began their landmark Notre Dame Football relationship in 1991 and have renewed the partnership numerous times. Peacock previously streamed the 2021 Blue-Gold Game.
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About Notre Dame Athletics
The University of Notre Dame sponsors 26 varsity athletics programs (13 men’s, 13 women’s), dating back to 1887 when the Irish played their first football game. Notre Dame won its 32nd national championships in 2021 when the Irish claimed the NCAA Fencing Championship following previous titles in football (11 consensus), fencing (three men, one women, six combined), women’s soccer (three), women’s basketball (two), men’s tennis (two), plus one each in men’s soccer, men’s golf and men’s cross country. Notre Dame student-athletes in 2020 recorded the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figure (98) among all Football Bowl Subdivision institutions. In the 2021 Olympic Games, the Irish sent an ACC-leading 21 current or former student-athletes to Tokyo (most in school history). Notre Dame football remains independent in terms of conference affiliation, but most other Irish sports began competing in the ACC in 2013-14.