In 1991, Notre Dame landed its first contract with NBC spurning the College Football Association who had just reached a deal with ABC two weeks earlier.
In the mid 1990s, Notre Dame declined to be the then 12th member of the Big10.
Now, Notre Dame will have to leave a few opponents out in the cold in order to accommodate their 5 team ACC schedule in 2014 and beyond. Arizona State Athletic Director fired off at Jack Swarbrick for how he handled canceling the 2014 game.
As a fan, you probably wonder, how could someone hate this magical campus and legendary history so much? Most people do not know Notre Dame that way. They know Notre Dame for actions like these.
First of all, these actions have allowed Notre Dame to maintain its independence and be prominent despite its in ability to win a National Title in the last 25 years. But, they have also created bad blood towards the Fighting Irish. Should Notre Dame continue to throw their weight around like this?
It definitely gets Notre Dame what it wants. The Irish were able to secure 3 home games as apart of their deal to join the ACC. That’s a pretty cushy deal considering Notre Dame is not really holding the cards in negotiation. Notre Dame looks like it has maintained its independence but if they want to continue to have flexibility in scheduling, they should not burn their bridges. On the other hand, this is college football currently.
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