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B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Posted on: August 24, 2010 3:39 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 3:41 pm
 

"Let's take this brief timeout here on NBC, oops, Notre Dame just snapped the ball."

You can imagine something like coming from Tom Hammond's mouth as NBC figures out how to deal with Brian Kelly's no-huddle offense. His spread is one of the more deadly in the country, but to TV? Kelly admitted Tuesday to speaking with network officials about the pace of his offense.


"We've talked to NBC about the way we like to play the game versus how it was played in the past," Kelly said at a press conference. "Those conversations have taken place. There is certainly a need for us to address it and we're working with NBC to make sure they get what they need on it from an advertising standpoint, but also as the network that carries Notre Dame, that we're able to do things that we need to do as well.

"The model out there has been ABC/ESPN for college football, because of the sheer volume of games they carry. There's a model out there. All we've tried to do is address the model that we think would work well with us, and there's gotta be a meeting somewhere halfway. I'm very confident we're going to be able to do the things we do in terms of pushing the tempo and doing the things we need to do without having to go to a commercial break. That conversation has taken place. Getting into the specifics, I'm not willing to do that, but I can tell you that that conversation between Jack [Swarbrick, AD] and myself along with the production people at NBC has taken place. And I think we're going to be able to meet somewhere in the middle."

The network said this week it would go to five "shorter" commercial breaks per quarter rather than four "longer" ones. You can guess that NBC was getting nervous about how to get its commercials in if Notre Dame starts running 80 plays a game. Kelly's Cincinnati offense averaged 77 plays per game last season, that was 10 more than the national average. Houston led the country with 82 plays per game.

NBC might want to consult with ABC/ESPN and their coverage of the World Cup where there were no commercials during play.

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Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:19 am
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Watching games at Notre Dame Stadium has gotten to be extremely tedious for the fans in the stands due to the frequency and length of the NBC TV timeouts.  Something has to change.  Hopefully this will be the impetus for that change.



Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:54 pm
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Hopefully this will be the start of a new era in commercials.  Having a ticker at the bottom of the screen, billboards on the sidelines, to short statements during the action are all better than the 4 min time out commercials that interrupt the flow of the game.  No one pays any attention to them while watching on tv and the fans in the stadium are left sitting and waiting for the ref in the red hat to signal start of play!  



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:49 pm
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Prediction: What Notre Dame needs to worry about is Coach Kelly, in the next three years, taking Notre Dame to a perfect season and then bails on them in the National Championship game by taking a head coaching job at Florida, or USC or in the NFL.  Coach Kelly is only commited to himself and uses his teams for personal gain
prediction will likely be wrong, FIRST off, if he's in the National title game he's NOT going to leave for Florida or USC and he will wait to go to the pros until he either wins a National title or loses. 2nd, i think Meyer stays coaching and if he leaves, i think one of his assistant coaches will do fine, 3rd, USC!!!!!???? First off, they are under sanctions!!!! i dont think Lane Kiffin gets fired until the sanctions are lifted, plus, what coach would leave a good program like Notre Dame which isnt under NCAA sanctions for USC???? that would be a big mistake.



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 4:20 pm
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

People at the stadiums can't be bothered with ad timeouts

They already are bothered by the timeouts.  If you've never been to Notre Dame, they have a guy who comes on the field with an orange sleeve on a raised arm.  Everyone, including the players, stare and wait for him to drop his arm signalling that NBC is back from commercials and play may resume.  Five shorter breaks versus four longer breaks won't make any difference to the fans in the stands.



Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 12:03 pm
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

sorry that last comment was directed at jdawson.  sorry for the confusion everyone



Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 12:01 pm
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

You my sir, are a complete moron. Cincy had more talent last season than ND has this season? Thats how I know you're an idiot. Just look at the past 5 recruiting classes. None of Cincy's were in the top 50. All of ND's were in the top 20.  This is easily the most talent Brian Kelly has ever had to work with.  Kelly bailing on ND for a better job? I hate to break it to you man, even with ND's struggles the past 10 years, it is still one of the best jobs in the country. It still ranks up there with the USC's, Florida's, Texas', etc.  No way Kelly bails on ND for a so called "better job".  Cincy is a stepping stone job, ND is one of the ulitimate goals for football coaches.



Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:44 am
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

It's a football game, therefore it's also a breaking news show. It is NOT a TV show. NBC will have to take the ads where they can live with it and get over it. Maybe they can charge more since there will be fewer commercials, or maybe they have to pay Notre Dame less because there are fewer commercials. Too bad for whoever gets burned. People at the stadiums can't be bothered with ad timeouts and me watching on TV certainly doesn't need to see them either.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:22 am
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Friends of mine who have attended Notre Dame home games in the past have complained about the numerous and lengthy tv timeouts.  I wonder what Notre Dame lackey/NBC company man NBC will hire to replace Pat Haden in the booth? 

Help Wanted: Football Color Announcer

Wanted: college football color announcer for Notre Dame football games on NBC.

Experience is optional, but helpful.

Applicant must be able to simultaneously call the action on the field and promote NBC/Notre Dame.

Ability to blue sky and spin is a must .  Tutoring is available from Notre Dame football radio color commentator Allen Pinkett  ("Well, you know, sometimes you want to throw a three yard out on third and 20")

Interested applicants may apply to NBC Sports HR office: Jack Swarbrick's office, for interviews and a Notre Dame pep rally for auditions.



Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:46 am
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Prediction:  Notre Dame doesn't have the offensive talent that Cincinnati had last year, so it is not a problem this year.  NBC will make their money.  What Notre Dame needs to worry about is Coach Kelly, in the next three years, taking Notre Dame to a perfect season and then bails on them in the National Championship game by taking a head coaching job at Florida, or USC or in the NFL.  Coach Kelly is only commited to himself and uses his teams for personal gain.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:50 am
 

B. Kelly speaks to NBC about pace of his offense

Yes yes.  There are all kinds of ways to get quick commercials in. 
Scrolling messages at the bottom of the screen.  Projecting commercial logos on the field or the stadium walls.
And the announcers can say, "Smith goes in for the touchdown.  And you can score some insurance savings at geico dot com.  Now for the extra point brought to you by dos equis - the official beer of Fighting Irish everywhere."
"The starting lineups today are sponsored by our new Fall lineup on NBC - the place to be.


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