The Big Ten has to be feeling high and mighty right now. With a primary media rights deal with Fox in place, the race for the secondary deal is in place. CBS and NBC have emerged as the networks to beat. That means after this year, you can kiss Big Ten games on ESPN and ABC goodbye.
What that means for Notre Dame’s TV future is unclear. Frankly, it’s not even a pressing issue as its current deal with NBC doesn’t expire until 2025. However, that isn’t stopping people from taking to Twitter to speculate what it might mean for the program. Some believe it only will affect the times the Irish kick off at home, while others see it as a sign that full-time membership in the Big Ten is inevitable.
Whatever you think this means, you can’t deny that Notre Dame’s next media rights deal will be massive. Here’s what people are saying about the Irish’s future at the moment:
Buckeye Bar Talk
This is all basically set up for Notre Dame to join the Big Ten in a few years. The question then becomes, is Stanford their partner? And who do they add when they inevitably go to 20? Oregon/Washington or UNC/UVA?
— Scott Greene (@TerrapinNation) August 9, 2022
There’s no way they don’t include a Notre Dame pro-rata renegotiation clause in the contract. Eventually, money will force Notre Dame into the Big Ten. The ACC is on borrowed time, even if the Pac-10* survives, the ACC will be last in line for a new TV contract(deal ends in 2036)
— Josh Peters (@Joesh56) August 9, 2022
Gotta think the Big Ten media deal means big things in relation to Notre Dame….
— Lauren Emmerson (@A_MaizingBlue) August 9, 2022
What I heard is NBC and the Big 12 gets prime time slot. Notre Dame home games could be NBC during the day or vs. Big Ten at night.
— Kevin Wiley (@KLDUB4LIFEWILEY) August 9, 2022
In theory we could have at 3:30 – SEC on ABC, Big 10 on CBS, and maybe a Notre Dame game on NBC. I also think SEC won’t necessarily have the “top game” at 3:30 – it could be ABC primetime.
— Nathan Tidwell (@NateTidwell86) August 9, 2022