Last year’s debacle of holding college football playoff games on a mid-week New Year’s Eve won’t be repeated again for quite awhile. So many people missed the game because of celebrations or because of work it was widely viewed as a huge miscalculation by the NCAA.
Thankfully, they realized their error and now playoff games will only be held on either a Saturday or a holiday weekend day.
For instance, next year and in 2022 and 2023 the games will be held on New Year’s Eve, but they will be on a weekend. In 2018, 2021 and 2024 the games will be held on New Year’s Day. The rest of the games through 2026 will be on a Saturday prior to New Year’s Eve.
“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff.
“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better. These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much. For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”
This is great news for anyone who had to miss out on the games last year as well as for ESPN who didn’t get the ratings they were hoping for after paying $7.3 billion to broadcast the games for 12 years.
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