The television partnership between NBC and the University of Notre Dame will continue on for another decade after the two sides reached a deal that will have the network showing Fighting Irish football games until 2025.

NBC has been televising Notre Dame home football games since 1991 and its current deal was set to expire in 2015. The new deal picks up in 2016 and allows the network exclusive rights to seven of the programs home games including airing them on its NBC Sports Network. Those rights include live streaming games over web, mobile devices and tablets.

Notre Dame is coming off one of its most successful seasons in more than a decade as the Fighting Irish finished the regular season 12-0 before playing Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. Television ratings soared during the season  with NBC Sports Group reporting telecasts averaging 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8 household rating for its seven home games. That was an increase of some 69 percent from the previous season.

“Coming off one of Notre Dame's best and most dramatic seasons in decades, we could not be more proud to extend this historic partnership, which continues to be one of the most innovative in sports-media history,” Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group said. “We are particularly excited that this extension offers enhanced rights that allow us to bring Notre Dame Football to fans on more platforms than ever before.”

No financial terms were disclosed, but the Associated Press is reporting that the deal is worth $15 million annually. It’s also the first time the two sides have agreed to terms longer than five years.

With the Notre Dame-NBC deal coming up in 2015, there were some who speculated that now would be the perfect time for the football program to join a conference like the Big Ten or Big 12. In fact, earlier this year, the school announced it would be moving all of its sports from the Big East to the ACC, but remained adamant that football would remain independent.

Part of the reason for doing so is lucrative television deals like the one with NBC.

Meanwhile, the deal is a significant one for NBC, which has been trying to become a major player in college football over the past several years. The network was in talks with both the Pac-12 and Big East for their television rights before eventually being outbid by ESPN and Fox Sports.

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