NBC Sports Group Kicks Off 2013 Multiplatform Coverage of Notre Dame Football

Now in its 23rd season as the host network, NBC's coverage of Notre Dame Football begins Saturday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown To Kickoff, NBC’s live pre-game show from Notre Dame Stadium, followed by No. 11 Notre Dame hosting Temple at 3:30 p.m.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and starting QB Tommy Rees lead the Fighting Irish, who are coming off a 12-1 season and a trip to the BCS National Championship, against QB Connor Reilly and the Temple Owls in the inaugural meeting between the two schools.

Dan Hicks, NBC Sports Group’s longtime and critically-acclaimed golf and Olympic commentator, will serve as play-by-play voice for NBC Sports’ Notre Dame Football coverage this season. Hicks will be joined by Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan.

Liam McHugh will host Countdown To Kickoff from the field at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined on-site by 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward. McHugh, Flutie and Ward will also manage half-time and post-game coverage for the broadcast.

Notre Dame and NBC Sports Group renewed their historic football partnership through 2025 earlier this year.

Meanwhile, NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.

The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in "slo-mo."

Sideline reporter Alex Flanagan will provide live in-game tweets. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.