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Notre Dame agrees to five-year extension with NBC

Updated: June 19, 2008, 3:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- NBC renewed its television contract with Notre Dame football through the 2015 season on Thursday despite the Fighting Irish last year drawing their lowest ratings since the network began broadcasting their games in 1991.

NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said the network doesn't look at year-to-year results when it comes to Notre Dame, calling the football program a premier brand that defines the network as much as the Olympics, the NFL and the U.S. Open golf championship.

"We're ...

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