via press release:
NOTRE DAME & PITTSBURGH MEET FOR 66TH TIME THIS SATURDAY ON NBC
“This is a pivotal game for both teams.” – NBC Sports’ Mike Mayock
NEW YORK – October 6, 2010 – Notre Dame (2-3) and Pittsburgh (2-2), who first met 101 years ago in 1909, play for the 66th time this Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage. Mayock is in his first season with NBC Sports as a Notre Dame game analyst. For additional information on him, click here: http://tinyurl.com/2wdq2bo
MAYOCK ON THE MATCHUP: “This is a pivotal game for both teams. Both are coming off wins and are feeling better about themselves. Both of these teams losses have been to ranked opponents. The history of the schools and the coaching staffs, including when Brian Kelly was at Cincinnati, point to a really competitive game.”
MAYOCK ON THE IRISH: “Notre Dame has a lot of talented skill-position players. Theo Riddick has become a force and Armando Allen has played beyond expectations. “
MAYOCK ON PITT: “This team has two dynamic tailbacks. It’s a power offense, a little old-school physical. It should make for a close game.”
NOTRE DAME-PITTSBURGH: This year's matchup will mark the 66th meeting between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, with the Irish holding a 44-20-1 series lead. The Irish own a 19-10 record against the Panthers at Notre Dame Stadium, but Notre Dame has dropped 41-38 and 36-33 decisions to Pittsburgh on last-second field goals in the last two home meetings. Pitt has won three of the last four games in the series. The last three games at Notre Dame Stadium have been decided by eight points or less.
MORE VIEWERS: Viewership for Notre Dame football on NBC is up 25 percent through three games in 2010 compared to the first three games of 2009. This season’s three games are averaging 4.5 million viewers compared to 3.6 million for the first three games last year. The 2010 rating is up 21 percent, from a 2.4 last year to a 2.9 this season.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and the rest of the Irish sideline will be wearing the adidas® Breast Cancer Collection, a line of apparel and headwear created to support October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Notre Dame players will also wear pink arm and/or wrist bands.
EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Notre Dame video highlights are available to be embedded on media websites at NBCSports.com by clicking here: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/22825103/vp/39522232#39522232
- Notre Dame-Pitt promo
- Notre Dame-Stanford highlights
- Alex Flanagan interviews
- Historical highlights and more
DIGITAL & INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
The 2010 Notre Dame football season includes more NBC Sports distribution platforms than ever before, including robust digital and mobile features, iPhone and iPad apps, and an international agreement with Eurosport to broadcast games in Europe and Asia.
NOTRE DAME EXTRA: For the first time, the entire Notre Dame-NBC Sports schedule will be streamed live on NBCSports.com. “Notre Dame Extra” will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed plus one additional online-only bonus camera throughout the game.
“Notre Dame Extra” will employ a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that will help set new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player will include full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo” -- all while watching live video.
Extra will also feature live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, in-game highlights, as well as a live, online-only postgame that will include head coach Brian Kelly's press conference.
Click on Notre Dame Central at NBCSports.com to access Notre Dame Extra http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25889627/
NOTRE DAME CENTRAL APP: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can get complete NBC Sports coverage of the Notre Dame 2010 college football season with the Notre Dame Central app. Users can access live scores, stats, video highlights & archives, and much more. Fans can also purchase an upgrade to get LIVE access to every NBC Sports broadcast of Notre Dame football games. The iPhone update for the 2010 season will be available prior to the September 4 season opener against Purdue, with an iPad-specific version to come later in the season.
LIVE MOBILE BROADCASTS: NBC Sports’ live coverage of every Notre Dame home football game is available on both NBC 2Go and NBC Sports Mobile.
NOTRE DAME ON NBC SPORTS MOBILE: Fans can receive news and scores right on their cell phones with the NBC Sports Mobile Web site or the NBC Sports iPhone app. Fans can also sign-up for exclusive text alerts with scoring updates and daily news. To find out how, users can just text the word ND to 51515 or visit http://m.NBCSports.com.
TWITTER: Follow NBC Sports’ Notre Dame sideline reporter Alex Flanagan on Twitter @NDFSideline during games and during the week.
EUROSPORT: NBC Sports and the Eurosport group have signed an international television rights agreement that provides Eurosport 2 with exclusive broadcast rights to 2010 Notre Dame home football games across Europe and Asia. Games will be broadcast throughout Europe live exclusively on Eurosport 2, and to the 14 countries where Eurosport Asia Pacific is distributed.
THE NOTRE DAME-NBC SPORTS RELATIONSHIP: The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports continue their television relationship for the 20th consecutive season in 2010. On June 19, 2009, a five-year renewal to televise all Notre Dame home football games was announced, giving NBC Sports the rights to Fighting Irish home games through the year 2015. NBC Sports began its original contract with Notre Dame in 1991.
The most recent extension provides NBC Sports with rights to Notre Dame home games from 2011 through 2015, extending the partnership between the University and network to 25 years. Notre Dame will provide seven home games per season to NBC Sports and an additional eighth off-site game airing in primetime as part of the agreement. This year’s eighth game takes place on November 20 from Yankee Stadium when the Irish face Army.
NBC SPORTS’ REMAINING 2010 NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE
Oct 9 Pittsburgh 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct 16 Western Michigan 2:30 p.m. ET
Oct 30 Tulsa 2:30 p.m. ET
Nov 13 Utah 2:30 p.m. ET
Nov 20 Army 7 p.m. ET (at Yankee Stadium)
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