Notre Dame eyes $75 million annual media rights payout to stay independent; NBC seeks Power 5 help

It appears it will take $75 million annually in media rights revenue for Notre Dame independent.

That according to a CBS Sports report, which adds that in order to meet that number, NBC is seeking “shoulder programming” from a Power Five conference.

That number is significantly higher than the $15 million a year on average the Irish received in its current deal, though, Notre Dame gets $22 million a year on the back end of the deal, which expires in 2025.

Shoulder programming is pre-event and post-event broadcast programming that is coupled with live sporting events.

According to the report, the Big 12 has emerged as a strong option to fill NBC’s shoulder programming needs.

Still, CBS reports the Big Ten is expected to announce a $1 billion media rights deal with Fox.

Per the report:

“It is believed to be seeking 2-3 other partners to air its programming with NBC reportedly among the bidders.”

The report, citing a source, indicated NBC’s negotiations are expected to extend across the next 2-3 weeks. The network has been the rightsholder for Notre Dame home football games since 1991.

Check out the full report here.

Earlier Monday, new LSU coach – and former Notre Dame coach – Brian Kelly was asked about Notre Dame’s future.

“I would say certainly Notre Dame still is a coveted university in terms of what conference would want them,” Kelly said. “Jack Swarbrick knows what he’s doing. He’s got his ear to the ground. They’re going to land into a good position no matter what they do, whether they stay independent or whether they go into one of the other conferences.

“Notre Dame can carry itself pretty good.”

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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