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Peacock to Exclusively Stream Notre Dame’s Football Season Opener, Simulcast All Home Games on NBC

Jeff Kotuby

NBC Sports announced on Wednesday that [Notre Dame]’s football season opener against Toledo will air exclusively on their streaming platform, Peacock.

The Notre Dame on NBC season kicks off live on Peacock, starting Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2:30 PM ET, when the Fighting Irish host the Toledo Rockets. NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will be joined by game analyst and former NFL QB Drew Brees, as well as sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen for Notre Dame games throughout the 2021 season. Notre Dame-Toledo marks Brees’ college football debut as a commentator, and it’s also the first time both teams will play one another.

“Dating back to airing Sunday football replays with Lindsey Nelson, we have always strived for innovation in the media space – our partnership with NBC and Peacock only solidifies that mission,” said Notre Dame vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “Bringing Notre Dame Football to Peacock is just the next step in the evolution of our relationship.”

NBC and Notre Dame football have had an existing relationship since 1991, and that relationship looks to be evolving as sports streaming becomes more and more prevalent. While the remaining Notre Dame schedule will air on NBC, this trial run of airing games exclusively on Peacock could very well be a regular event if it is successful.


Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that gives access to up to 15,000 hours of content including original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series.

It will include news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.

Just like other streaming services, Peacock will have their own original series including reboots of Save By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and Battlestar Galactica. They also have shows like Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.

The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like the entire Dick Wolf library including Law & Order and Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.

The service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

“We are delighted to stream Notre Dame Football on Peacock,” said Pete Bevacqua, Chairman of NBC Sports. “Peacock exemplifies how we’re innovating as a company, and Notre Dame has consistently been a tremendous partner in making progressive choices for sports programming.”

Peacock will serve as a complimentary streaming destination for Notre Dame fans, who already have Fighting Irish TV to call home. The self-proclaimed “Netflix for Notre Dame” generated 58,000 minutes of viewed content during its first day of operation.

Notre Dame Football coverage will stream on Peacock Premium. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as Cox Contour customers. You can learn more about signing up for Peacock Premium through your Xfinity account here.

Here’s the rest of Notre Dame’s football schedule and where to watch the games:

2021 Notre Dame On NBC Football Schedule

Sat., Sept. 11 2:30 p.m. Toledo Peacock
Sat., Sept. 18 2:30 p.m. Purdue NBC/Peacock
Sat., Oct. 2 2:30 p.m. Cincinnati NBC/Peacock
Sat., Oct. 23 7:30 p.m. USC NBC/Peacock
Sat., Oct. 30 7:30 p.m. North Carolina NBC/Peacock
Sat., Nov. 6 3:30 p.m. Navy NBC/Peacock
Sat., Nov. 20 2:30 p.m. Georgia Tech NBC/Peacock

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