“Those ratings will be a delicate negotiating point …”

It’s Christmas, so let’s stay in theme with a Notre Dame post.

As the saying (sorta) goes, money talks, crappy football doesn’t get watched.

… All told, numbers were off 40% from last year and are now half of their 2005 levels. In fact, ratings for NBC’s telecasts were half those of ABC’s college football games.

Will it get better soon?  Even Mike “I’ve never seen a football coach who isn’t doing a good job” Gottfried can’t say for sure.

… Nailing a fresh contract when Notre Dame football is struggling might save NBC some money. Yet more ratings-killing blowouts of the Fighting Irish can’t be ruled out. “The good news is that you have a whole lot of freshmen and sophomores who played coming back. But the bad news could be that they are all coming back” after their dismal season, says ESPN analyst and ex-University of Pittsburgh coach Mike Gottfried.

If the ratings stay in the toilet long enough, who knows?  Maybe Charlie Weis winds up being the coach that forces the Irish to join a conference because ND can’t afford to stay independent anymore.  It would be a helluva way to cement a legacy, that’s for sure.

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