In the high-pressure, multimillion dollar world of college football broadcasting, there's one television network that lags far behind all of its competitors.
The National Broadcasting Company—NBC—is well known as the exclusive television network of Notre Dame football. Unfortunately, NBC only has the rights to home games at Notre Dame, and not much else.
Most other FBS programs are locked into their respective conference's television contracts, which are by and large split between ABC/ESPN, Fox and CBS (with the Big Ten being a notable exception, having a completely separate, independent and proprietary network).
None of the other FBS independents (Army, Navy and BYU) carry anywhere near enough weight to warrant a weekly national television audience on a major network.
So, in the end, we have NBC missing out on the vast majority of college football programming during the year.
NBC has recently re-branded “Versus” into the “NBC Sports Network,” and has shown consistent ability to provide the highest level of sports programing with the Golf Channel, the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Olympics—not to mention several other sports.
That NBC is almost completely missing the very large and very lavish college football boat is almost unthinkable.