Notre Dame and NBC signed their first deal to broadcast Fighting Irish games in 1991, at the height of Lou Holtz’s nationally-ranked teams in South Bend. Since then “Subway Alumni” of America’s premiere Catholic college football program have become accustomed to finding each ND home game on over-the-air television.
And they’ll be able to do this again for perhaps the biggest ND matchup of the season against No. 7 Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. But thanks to a dispute between NBC Universal and Google, if you’re a Youtube TV subscriber you’re going to need an old-fashioned TV antenna to get the game as of now.
(1/3) We've been working to renew our deal with NBCUniversal to continue carrying its content on YouTube TV. Since our agreement expires on 9/30 and we haven't yet been able to reach an equitable agreement, we wanted to give you an early heads up so you understand your choices.— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) September 26, 2021
There is another solution possible, and that’s to subscribe to the Peacock Network and livestream with NBC’s over-the-top service. But watching Youtube TV subscribers, many of whom are cord-cutters that generally eschew old-fashioned technologies, might be interesting. The comments from unaware Irish fans on Twitter are forthcoming, and they will be funny.
The first Peacock-only game for the Irish was earlier this year, as the Irish squeaked by the Toledo Rockets 32-29 three weeks ago. But this game will still be over-the-air.
Right now the Bearcats are a -1.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook despite being on the road in Notre Dame Stadium.