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BYU football independence includes ESPN deal and Notre Dame series

Brigham Young announced its football independence Wednesday afternoon and also disclosed it has a new eight-year contract with ESPN to broadcast home football games.

ESPN has agreed that any BYU games it doesn't select can be televised live on BYUtv, the school's nationwide television network.

Thus, beginning next season, every BYU home football game will be televised to a live national audience, either on one of the ESPN networks or BYUtv.

Some of the ESPN games will not be on Saturdays, athletics director Tom Holmoe said.

The contract includes an annual minimum of three games on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2, including telecasts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and an annual minimum of one game on ESPNU,

BYU also announced a six-year football series with Notre Dame, one of the other three independent schools in major college football.

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