NEW YORK – September 8, 2010 – Notre Dame (1-0) and Michigan (1-0) renew their historic rivalry at Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC more than 120 years after their first meeting.
Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline reporter) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage. Mayock, one of television’s premier college football and NFL Draft experts, made his NBC Sports debut last week during the Notre Dame-Purdue game and was called “impressive” by Sports Illustrated. Mayock was hired in August to fill the game analyst role vacated by Pat Haden, who left to become the new athletic director at USC, his alma mater. For additional information on Mayock, click here: http://tinyurl.com/2wdq2bo
Michigan has won three of the last four meetings between the two teams and leads Notre Dame 21-15-1 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1887. The Wolverines won the first-ever game that year, 8-0, and won last year’s game, 38-34, at Michigan Stadium in dramatic fashion. Michigan’s Tate Forcier threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews with 11 seconds remaining. However, the Fighting Irish have won four of the last five games played between the two schools at Notre Dame Stadium. Both teams won their openers last week.
MAYOCK: “Michigan had a big win with UCONN (and with) Rich Rodriguez on the hot seat. (It’s) one of the most fabled rivalries in college football history…Somebody is going to step up and get a W, and somebody else’s season is going to go in a different direction.”
Click here to watch a Notre Dame-Purdue recap and Mayock’s Michigan comments: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/22825103/vp/38979334#39010408
ActionCam, an overhead cable-camera system, returns for Michigan. It debuted at Notre Dame Stadium last week during the Purdue game and provided viewers with never-before-seen angles.
DIGITAL & INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
The 2010 Notre Dame football season includes more NBC Sports distribution platforms than ever before, including robust digital and mobile features, iPhone and iPad apps, and an international agreement with Eurosport to broadcast games in Europe and Asia.
NOTRE DAME EXTRA: For the first time, the entire Notre Dame-NBC Sports schedule will be streamed live on NBCSports.com. “Notre Dame Extra” will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed plus one additional online-only bonus camera throughout the game.
“Notre Dame Extra” will employ a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that will help set new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player will include full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo” — all while watching live video.
Extra will also feature live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, in-game highlights, as well as a live, online-only postgame that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.
Click on Notre Dame Central at NBCSports.com to access Notre Dame Extra http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25889627/
NOTRE DAME CENTRAL APP: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can get complete NBC Sports coverage of the Notre Dame 2010 college football season with the Notre Dame Central app. Users can access live scores, stats, video highlights & archives, and much more. Fans can also purchase an upgrade to get LIVE access to every NBC Sports broadcast of Notre Dame football games. The iPhone update for the 2010 season will be available prior to the September 4 season opener against Purdue, with an iPad-specific version to come later in the season.
LIVE MOBILE BROADCASTS: NBC Sports’ live coverage of every Notre Dame home football game is available on both NBC 2Go and NBC Sports Mobile.
NOTRE DAME ON NBC SPORTS MOBILE: Fans can receive news and scores right on their cell phones with the NBC Sports Mobile Web site or the NBC Sports iPhone app. Fans can also sign-up for exclusive text alerts with scoring updates and daily news. To find out how, users can just text the word ND to 51515 or visit http://m.NBCSports.com.
EUROSPORT: NBC Sports and the Eurosport group have signed an international television rights agreement that provides Eurosport 2 with exclusive broadcast rights to 2010 Notre Dame home football games across Europe and Asia. Games will be broadcast throughout Europe live exclusively on Eurosport 2, and to the 14 countries where Eurosport Asia Pacific is distributed.
THE NOTRE DAME-NBC SPORTS RELATIONSHIP:
The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports continue their television relationship for the 20th consecutive season in 2010. On June 19, 2009, a five-year renewal to televise all Notre Dame home football games was announced, giving NBC Sports the rights to Fighting Irish home games through the year 2015. NBC Sports began its original contract with Notre Dame in 1991.
The most recent extension provides NBC Sports with rights to Notre Dame home games from 2011 through 2015, extending the partnership between the University and network to 25 years. Notre Dame will provide seven home games per season to NBC Sports and an additional eighth off-site game airing in primetime as part of the agreement. This year’s eighth game takes place on November 20 from Yankee Stadium when the Irish face Army.
NBC SPORTS’ REMAINING 2010 NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE
Sep 11 Michigan 3:30 p.m. ET
Sep 25 Stanford 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct 9 Pittsburgh 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct 16 Western Michigan 2:30 p.m. ET
Oct 30 Tulsa 2:30 p.m. ET
Nov 13 Utah 2:30 p.m. ET
Nov 20 Army 7 p.m. ET (at Yankee Stadium)