College football fans watching the NBC broadcast of the Notre Dame-Clemson game on Saturday may be surprised to find the contest interrupted by President-elect Joe Biden’s acceptance speech.
NBC — along with several other TV networks — will cut away from its regularly scheduled programming at roughly 7:55 p.m. ET to broadcast Biden’s speech, interrupting the highly anticipated ACC matchup between the top-ranked Tigers and fourth-ranked Fighting Irish. Kickoff for Notre Dame-Clemson is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, meaning fans can watch roughly a half-hour of football on NBC before it cuts away.
Fans who want to continue watching the game, however, will be able to do so on USA Network. Below is everything they need to know to watch the top-five matchup relatively uninterrupted:
What channel is USA Network?
Why was Notre Dame vs Clemson moved?
Notre Dame-Clemson was originally slated to air on NBC; the network has a deal with the Fighting Irish in which it reportedly pays the university $15 million per year for exclusive broadcast rights for all home games.
Biden’s acceptance speech will reportedly be broadcast on several networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and MSNBC. The gravity of the speech — especially after a tightly contested race — is worth cutting away from a football game, even one as impactful as Clemson-Notre Dame.
Once Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris conclude their speeches, NBC will resume showing the game.
How to live stream Notre Dame vs Clemson
Viewers of Saturday’s Notre Dame-Clemson have two options to stream the game once it moves from NBC to USA Network: One is the NBC Sports App — available to all viewers who have a cable subscription — and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
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