The Big Ten is in the process of finalizing a media rights deals with NBC, and it appears Notre Dame will be one of the big winners from the new agreement.

There had been some talk that Notre Dame could join the Big Ten now that there has been major conference realignment, but that is unlikely to happen. Notre Dame has its own rights deal with NBC that runs through 2025 and pays the school $25 million annually. Now that NBC and the Big Ten are entering into a partnership, John Ourand of Sports Business Journal expects two things to happen for Notre Dame — the Fighting Irish will remain independent and renew their rivalry with Michigan.