NBC announced this week that they are renewing their TV contract with Notre Dame football to continue coverage through the 2015 season.
Once again the college football guys decided to hop in our stainless steel Delorean and take a trip back to another time and place involving NBC and another awful brand of football, the Tommy Maddox dominated XFL. Lets do a little bit of quote comparison here and see if any of this looks similar.
''In Vince McMahon, we believe we're getting the best promoter to that audience,'' Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Sports. (3/30/00)
"We're big believers in how Notre Dame time and time again over all these generations has maintained its strength," Ebersol said. "I don't see that going away." (6/19/08)
"NBC is excited about the investment in WWF Entertainment," said Bob Wright, president and chief executive of NBC. "The WWF is widely recognized as having created a leading brand and has done a remarkable job gathering large audiences in the coveted male demographics." (3/30/00)
"I have no doubt that over the majority of years going forward this will be a sensational deal for both sides," Ebersol said. (6/19/08)
''On Saturday nights, we need to reinvent what's on,'' said Scott Sassa, the president of NBC West Coast. ''We need a big event to get people in.'' (3/30/00)
"We just feel it's very disruptive for our students, for the academic life at the university to have a game at (Saturday) night," Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president said. "NBC has always been accommodating to us on that even though their viewership increases as the game gets later." (6/19/08)
This last quote is the best. The new TV deal includes 7 home games a year and 8 off site home games. Your right Rev. Jenkins. Home night games would be WAY too disruptive. Even more so than "home" road trips to San Antonio, Orlando and Dallas!