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(ESPN)   NBC vows to keep broadcasting Notre Dame football until they achieve utter irrelevancy again   (espn.go.com) divider line 51
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2013-04-19 09:44:11 AM  
Hey, if they're still making money from it, why the hell not?
 
2013-04-19 10:29:31 AM  
Notre Dame thought it had relevancy last year, even made sure to mention it on national TV, but after the Alabama game, it was discovered to be a lie.
 
2013-04-19 10:31:39 AM  
The SEC looks forward to handing them their shiny helmet on a stick again then.
 
2013-04-19 10:34:52 AM  
I thought they achieved irrelevancy in the first quarter of the BCS championship game.
 
2013-04-19 10:34:53 AM  

wejash: The SEC looks forward to handing them their shiny helmet on a stick again then.


It's nice when an entire conference peaks before their 24th birthday.

It's all right, it's ok, you'll work for us someday!
 
2013-04-19 10:39:13 AM  
Don't worry, that won't take long. Sadly Notre Dame's irrelevancy doesn't seem to be a detriment to NBC.
 
2013-04-19 10:42:07 AM  
I wonder which NBC exec is a Notre Dame grad?
 
2013-04-19 11:13:01 AM  
More importantly, which marginally surviving conference will they con into taking everything but their precious when the ACC finally poops out?
 
2013-04-19 11:33:52 AM  
President Bartlet is pleased...
 
2013-04-19 11:46:43 AM  
What subby fails to understand is that Notre Dame *ALWAYS* has relevancy because every year they are a pre-written cinderella story. Sports broadcasting hasn't been about providing game viewership to people for 20 years. It has been about providing human-interest stories that have no relevancy whatsoever to the game at hand.

Struck out? It's because the player is dealing with repressed child abuse off-the-field.
Missed free throws? Clearly the strain of a divorce is getting to the player.
No tackles this week? Must be the sex controversy at his old college team getting to him.

Sports broadcasting was the original Reality TV show.
 
2013-04-19 12:01:19 PM  
"utter irrelevancy"?  Are you talking about Notre Dame or NBC? Or Both?
 
2013-04-19 12:12:16 PM  
I get to watch them play OU on W-nnNN-BC this fall.
 
2013-04-19 12:28:23 PM  
Look at their Saturdays without ND football.  You've regularly got Pro Bull Riding, non-Olympic gymnastics/figureskating/etc, third-rung 'extreme' events, etc to put *something* on the air.

Or, at least that was the case before all the EPL deal.  So, I guess they could fill the gaps with some Swansea-Southampton excitement.  ND, even in its worst year, draws better.
 
2013-04-19 01:30:13 PM  
Until they stop playing Navy and Air Force ND can't be taken seriously.
 
2013-04-19 01:30:22 PM  
NBC makes money off it and puts forward a good product.  The only reason people are annoyed is because ESPN spends an inordinate amount of time TELLING THEM they should be annoyed and bashing the players who play for free at Notre Dame.  The TV has controls, folks.  One is to turn it to another station, the other turns it off.  You don't like ND? use one of them.
 
2013-04-19 01:54:34 PM  

Big Man On Campus: What subby fails to understand is that Notre Dame *ALWAYS* has relevancy because every year they are a pre-written cinderella story. Sports broadcasting hasn't been about providing game viewership to people for 20 years. It has been about providing human-interest stories that have no relevancy whatsoever to the game at hand.

Struck out? It's because the player is dealing with repressed child abuse off-the-field.
Missed free throws? Clearly the strain of a divorce is getting to the player.
No tackles this week? Must be the sex controversy at his old college team getting to him.

Sports broadcasting was the original Reality TV show.


It has never been about providing game viewership and always been about selling advertisements.  Notre Dame allows NBC to do exactly that.  As soon as this arrangement becomes unprofitable, they can air Steve Garvey's Celebrity Billfish Classic to fill up fall Saturday afternoons.
 
2013-04-19 01:57:42 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: As soon as this arrangement becomes unprofitable, they can air Steve Garvey's Celebrity Billfish Classic to fill up fall Saturday afternoons.


How about a singing competition? Network TV doesn't have enough of those.

/GODDAMMIT NBC I WAS JOKING NOOOOOOOOO
 
2013-04-19 02:01:41 PM  
Notre Dame thought it had relevancy last year, even made sure to mention it on national TV, but after the Alabama game, it was discovered to be a lie.


Because they lost the national championship game?

Somebody better tell Ohio State they're not relevant either.
And LSU
and Texas
and...
 
2013-04-19 02:15:31 PM  
You're all just jealous of Notre Dame's academic and athletic excellence!  While your schools are letting just anybody play, student-athletes at our Notre Damn seek to achieve a higher standard.  Whether it's intellectual proficiency like Manti T'eo, or the athletic success of Rick Mirer, Golden Domers achieve what you never could.

Fact:  Notre Dame is the finest collection of buildings in Northern Indiana.  Suck it, haters.
 
2013-04-19 02:16:26 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: It has never been about providing game viewership and always been about selling advertisements.


Certainly, and I'm quite puzzled that in the year 2013 enough people still give a sh*t specifically about ND to where the arrangement is still so clearly profitable for NBC to keep it going. I will almost always forego watching one of my favorite teams in any sport if a particular matchup in question looks to be lopsided in our favor; I have no real interest "my team" beat up St Mary's School of the Blind. Because of my personal viewing behaviors, I can't fathom how any ND diehard will actually watch them methodically roll up Air Force by 30+ instead of a ridiculously competitive SEC or other inter-conference matchup just one channel over.

If Notre Dame was playing heavyweights EVERY week, then I could understand it.
 
2013-04-19 02:19:12 PM  

Killer Cars: I have no real interest watching "my team" beat


Oops.
 
2013-04-19 02:28:50 PM  

Killer Cars: Because of my personal viewing behaviors, I can't fathom how any ND diehard will actually watch them methodically roll up Air Force by 30+ instead of a ridiculously competitive SEC or other inter-conference matchup just one channel over.


I'd rather watch any game than listen to the SEC announcers slobber over how every tackle is made because of "SEC speed" or how a conference that got rolled up by Jordan f*cking Jefferson is full of talent that so exceeds everyone else.

/btw, Jordan Jefferson is easily the worst QB in the Arena Football League right now
//unless he's been cut four weeks into the season - haven't paid close attention...but they score on less than half of their drives in a league where you're expected to score on 90 percent of drives.
///also, ND football costs a hell of a lot less than SEC football, and that's with people not even having exclusive rights to SEC football (ESPN and CBS both pay the SEC to keep promoting their conference for them)
 
2013-04-19 02:31:03 PM  

doubled99: Because they lost the national championship game?


They didn't lose in the national championship. They were embarrassed.
 
2013-04-19 02:38:19 PM  
I haven't enjoyed a BCS championship that much in years. I'm not going to complain about more football on tv. Who else is NBC going to show on Saturdays? The new Big East?
 
2013-04-19 02:39:31 PM  

babysealclubber: doubled99: Because they lost the national championship game?

They didn't lose in the national championship. They were embarrassed.


That really doesn't change the point - most of those other teams were embarrassed, too.

/to pile on Jefferson - he has thrown 8 TD and 5 INT in three games
//in a league where the top QB throws for 8 TD/game
 
2013-04-19 02:41:59 PM  

Killer Cars: I can't fathom how any ND diehard will actually watch them methodically roll up Air Force by 30+ instead of a ridiculously competitive SEC or other inter-conference matchup just one channel over.


I'm not really a college football "fan" as much as I am a sports fan, so I obviously choose the best game, but Notre Dame "diehards" aren't really fans so much as they are zealots.

It's especially amusing because in my neck of the woods, most ND fans have never even set foot in South Bend and root for them because they're Irish-Catholic and have no other rooting interest.  Obviously that's part of the reason NBC keeps broadcasting their games, and why every conference wants them - the NY market is full of 'em.
 
2013-04-19 02:44:15 PM  

Killer Cars: Yanks_RSJ: It has never been about providing game viewership and always been about selling advertisements.

Certainly, and I'm quite puzzled that in the year 2013 enough people still give a sh*t specifically about ND to where the arrangement is still so clearly profitable for NBC to keep it going. I will almost always forego watching one of my favorite teams in any sport if a particular matchup in question looks to be lopsided in our favor; I have no real interest "my team" beat up St Mary's School of the Blind. Because of my personal viewing behaviors, I can't fathom how any ND diehard will actually watch them methodically roll up Air Force by 30+ instead of a ridiculously competitive SEC or other inter-conference matchup just one channel over.

If Notre Dame was playing heavyweights EVERY week, then I could understand it.


I always figured that Notre Dame should be eligible for the Commander-in-Chief's trophy.
 
2013-04-19 02:46:43 PM  

IAmRight: /btw, Jordan Jefferson is easily the worst QB in the Arena Football League right now


That wouldn't surprise me; after the giant turd he laid during that national championship game a couple years ago, I would've thought I'd find myself reading a magazine ten years from now in a waiting room and find out he'd legally changed his name and joined a monastery after backpacking through Asia.
 
2013-04-19 02:56:20 PM  

IAmRight: babysealclubber: doubled99: Because they lost the national championship game?

They didn't lose in the national championship. They were embarrassed.

That really doesn't change the point - most of those other teams were embarrassed, too.

/to pile on Jefferson - he has thrown 8 TD and 5 INT in three games
//in a league where the top QB throws for 8 TD/game


But still, pretending that Notre Dame is back after last season is ridiculous.
 
2013-04-19 03:10:51 PM  
Anyone that watched the ND Pitt game last year knew they were going to get killed by Bama.  Its a shame that kicker from Pitt went 0 for 3 or we would have had an actual good match up.

Saben would put 90 up on Pitt
 
2013-04-19 03:14:54 PM  

babysealclubber: But still, pretending that Notre Dame is back after last season is ridiculous.


They're pretty good once every few years or so. Besides, all the other conferences and everyone already have contracts. So NBC can have no college football or they can have ND.
 
2013-04-19 03:25:02 PM  

IAmRight: babysealclubber: But still, pretending that Notre Dame is back after last season is ridiculous.

They're pretty good once every few years or so. Besides, all the other conferences and everyone already have contracts. So NBC can have no college football or they can have ND.


So, no college football either way?

/I kid, I kid
 
2013-04-19 03:25:41 PM  
meh, at least the money apparently goes toward scholarships.  I can stand watching ND embarrass themselves a few times each season for that.

/watched the Pitt-ND game last season
//suspected ND actually blew before that, knew it afterward
 
2013-04-19 03:32:52 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: I wonder which NBC exec is a Notre Dame grad?


The guy who runs NBC sports. And his kids. I think. Ebersol?

And to the SEC people bragging: The SEC isn't college football, its minor league NFL. Be proud. You don't play college football. Alabama, LSU,Georgia,etc.. are basically minor league NFL teams. Saban has said as much. If the NCAA wasn't a passle of morons and impotent putzes, there'd be a level playing field. Until then, the SEC gets to run semi-pro teams.
 
2013-04-19 03:34:32 PM  

Rapmaster2000: You're all just jealous of Notre Dame's academic and athletic excellence!  While your schools are letting just anybody play, student-athletes at our Notre Damn seek to achieve a higher standard.  Whether it's intellectual proficiency like Manti T'eo, or the athletic success of Rick Mirer, Golden Domers achieve what you never could.

Fact:  Notre Dame is the finest collection of buildings in Northern Indiana.  Suck it, haters.


Rick Mirer may have sucked as a pro but he was a good college player. And he runs a successful wine company now. Its shocking how guys who actually play college sports and get a degree can have success outside of sports.
 
2013-04-19 04:01:52 PM  
Really NBC/Comcast wants them locked down for Versus.  Comcast supposedly has plans to built up VS as a stronger sports network and ND gives them a big name college team.  Look for lots of promotion of VS during the ND games and reruns of ND games on VS.  Eventually one day when ND no longer has the cachet to demand a slot on NBC itself, NBC will exile them off to VS.
 
2013-04-19 04:50:28 PM  

uncleacid: Until they stop playing Navy and Air Force ND can't be taken seriously.


Until the entire SEC stops playing FCS teams, they can't be taken seriously.
 
2013-04-19 05:00:43 PM  

Kuta: uncleacid: Until they stop playing Navy and Air Force ND can't be taken seriously.

Until the entire SEC stops playing FCS teams, they can't be taken seriously.


Or other conferences could stop shiatting the bed in every title game where they are matched against an SEC team
 
2013-04-19 05:14:29 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: Big Man On Campus: What subby fails to understand is that Notre Dame *ALWAYS* has relevancy because every year they are a pre-written cinderella story. Sports broadcasting hasn't been about providing game viewership to people for 20 years. It has been about providing human-interest stories that have no relevancy whatsoever to the game at hand.

Struck out? It's because the player is dealing with repressed child abuse off-the-field.
Missed free throws? Clearly the strain of a divorce is getting to the player.
No tackles this week? Must be the sex controversy at his old college team getting to him.

Sports broadcasting was the original Reality TV show.

It has never been about providing game viewership and always been about selling advertisements.  Notre Dame allows NBC to do exactly that.  As soon as this arrangement becomes unprofitable, they can air Steve Garvey's Celebrity Billfish Classic to fill up fall Saturday afternoons.


Ooooh, the appeal of Floorwax doing stand-up on a weekly basis is soooooooo enticing!
 
2013-04-19 05:39:54 PM  
For a team that would have been the seventh-best team in the SEC last year, that's pretty good.
 
2013-04-19 06:47:57 PM  
Didn't ND just play for the championship?
 
2013-04-19 08:18:56 PM  
Loved how Notre Dame talked so much major sh*t before that game - Cousins vs Catholics - and then got crushed and humiliated. And as an encore Teo.
 
2013-04-19 08:34:59 PM  

captainmaxthedestroyer: Didn't ND just play for the championship?


They were invited, but never showed up
 
2013-04-19 09:09:16 PM  

USCLaw2010: Or other conferences could stop shiatting the bed in every title game where they are matched against an SEC team


Other conferences don't play in the title game. One representative MIGHT take on a team that went undefeated in the SEC, though.
 
2013-04-19 09:43:31 PM  

IAmRight: USCLaw2010: Or other conferences could stop shiatting the bed in every title game where they are matched against an SEC team

Other conferences don't play in the title game. One representative MIGHT take on a team that went undefeated in the SEC, though.


They still shiat the bed, though.
 
2013-04-19 09:58:47 PM  

velvet_fog: For a team that would have been the seventh-best team in the SEC last year, that's pretty good.


Bullshiat.  SEC is a top heavy conference.  LSU lost to an ACC team.  Florida got spanked by another ACC team.  SCar needed every last minute to beat an 8-4 B1G team (that admittedly lost to the regular season #'s 1, 2, and 3).  Northwestern handled Miss State.  Meanwhile, Georgia beat up on a Nebraska defence that doesn't even deserve to be called "once-vaunted", and Ole Miss smacked around Pitt.

ND shat the bed, no doubt, but anyone who spews that "7th best in the SEC" garbage is high on the smell of their own farts.
 
2013-04-19 10:27:29 PM  

yeegrek: velvet_fog: For a team that would have been the seventh-best team in the SEC last year, that's pretty good.

Bullshiat.  SEC is a top heavy conference.  LSU lost to an ACC team.  Florida got spanked by Big East team.  SCar needed every last minute to beat an 8-4 B1G team (that admittedly lost to the regular season #'s 1, 2, and 3).  Northwestern handled Miss State.  Meanwhile, Georgia beat up on a Nebraska defence that doesn't even deserve to be called "once-vaunted", and Ole Miss smacked around Pitt.

ND shat the bed, no doubt, but anyone who spews that "7th best in the SEC" garbage is high on the smell of their own farts.


Fixed that for you.  Though, objectively, the ACC is the worse football conference.  Also, no love for Vanderbilt?
 
2013-04-19 11:12:00 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: I wonder which NBC exec is a Notre Dame grad?


Very much this.  I work with a few ND alums.  It's a pretty much a cult.
 
2013-04-20 06:55:42 AM  

ha-ha-guy: Really NBC/Comcast wants them locked down for Versus.  Comcast supposedly has plans to built up VS as a stronger sports network and ND gives them a big name college team.  Look for lots of promotion of VS during the ND games and reruns of ND games on VS.  Eventually one day when ND no longer has the cachet to demand a slot on NBC itself, NBC will exile them off to VS.


There is no Verses anymore. Its the NBC Sports Network. Welcome to last year.
 
2013-04-20 08:34:39 AM  

vento: TheGreatGazoo: I wonder which NBC exec is a Notre Dame grad?

Very much this.  I work with a few ND alums.  It's a pretty much a cult.



Yes, how incredibly odd that alumni would be loyal to their school.  I just don't get it.
 
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