The College Football Playoff is being asked to change their schedule for the upcoming playoff due to games currently being scheduled for New Year’s Eve.
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College football fans were able to see the College Football Playoff go into effect for the first time after it replaced the BCS as the primary ranking system.
This new format can be considered a success as Ohio State was ranked No. 4 before going on to win the national championship with wins over Alabama and Oregon.
Each of the semifinal playoff games for the 2014-15 bowl season took place on New Year’s Day, and the next playoff games are scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve.
ESPN, who is under a 12-year contract with the College Football Playoff, is reportedly asking for a schedule change in the upcoming playoff because they don’t want to face competition from other TV airings and lose ratings as a result.
However, this may be difficult to pull off since the College Football Playoff seems to have their minds made up. “We’ve started a new tradition and we don’t want to back away from it now,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said to sportsbusinessdaily.com.
It remains to be seen whether ESPN will be able to successfully lobby for a schedule change, and it will definitely prove difficult to compete with other television programs on New Year’s Eve.