College Football Playoff

ESPN and the College Football Playoff have agreed a six-year, $7.8bn (€7.3bn) extension as the new era of the college football postseason begins.

The first College Football Playoff with 12 teams is set for 2024, with the first round featuring one game on Friday, December 20 and three games on December 21

Blowout victory by Georgia proves to be significant audience drag

The wind blew rain into the covered SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, as the University of Georgia blew out Texas Christian University 65-7 for the largest-ever margin of victory in college football's…

Executive touts forthcoming enlarged field on eve of 2023 title game

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Adam Davis, managing director of North America for Two Circles. Fisher and Russo also discuss Merritt Paulson’s move to sell the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns, the National Basketball Association’s embrace of new sources of team investor capital, accelerated plans to expand the College Football Playoff, Major League Baseball’s sale of its BAMTech equity stake, the Boston Red Sox’s jersey patch sale, and the departure of Lenny Daniels from Warner Bros. Discovery.

The College Football Playoff board of managers agreed to begin the expanded 12-team playoff during the 2024-25 season after initially agreeing in September to expand the event in the 2026

The Rose Bowl relents on prior push for guarantee retaining its traditional New Year's Day timeslot

Potential early shift to 12-team format running into series of complications

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Tony Knopp, co-founder and chief executive of TicketManager. Fisher and Russo also discuss the $238m (€238m) Series E fundraising for New York-based ticketing company SeatGeek, RedBird Capital Partners’ takeover of Italian football club AC Milan in partnership with Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, expansion of the College Football Playoff, executive Ed Hartman leaving the United States Football League for gaming operator PointsBet, and the business success of MLB’s Atlanta Braves.

The College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers voted on September 2 to expand the CFP from four teams to 12 beginning in 2026.

Opposition softens toward new, 12-team format

Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins, has added to its expansive portfolio of events after being awarded the 2026 College Football Playoff Championship Game.

Online short-term property rental company Vrbo has secured the title sponsorship of college football's Fiesta Bowl in a multiyear deal, replacing video game console brand PlayStation

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Ishveen Jolly, founder and chief executive of OpenSponsorship. Fisher and Russo also discuss the state of the National Basketball Association as it reached its All-Star Game, rising prospects in motorsports for both Nascar and Formula 1, a $100m fundraising round for WSC Sports, the College Football Playoff’s decision to stand pat with a four-team format, and opioid issues surrounding Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels.

Lack of consensus around specifics for change keeps four-team format in place

Open letter from college conference commissioner brings some of the private discussions about event expansion into public view

Championship game is most-watched program on American cable in two years