Rose Bowl around the clock.
The executive board of the CFP Chiefs does not plan to guarantee the Rose Bowl game it requested for an exclusive Jan. 1 window in future iterations of an expanded playoff game, sources say, and they have given a deadline for the sport’s oldest game.
Thought to be the last hurdle to expanding the playoffs early on, the Rose Bowl and its officials are given a few days to make what could be a monumental decision for the future of college football. The Rose Bowl could either agree to expand the playoffs as soon as possible by 2024, or delay the expansion to ’26.
CFP officials need unanimous agreement from the six CFP pots to expand the playoffs to 12 teams before the contract with ESPN expires after the 2025 game. The six pots are Roses, Sugar, Oranges, Fiesta, Peach, and Cotton.
Five of the six receptacles support current contract modification and early expansion. The Rose Bowl postponed its decision while making a request to CFP executives, something Publicly announced by ESPN In a story published last week.
The Rose wishes to retain its traditional date and time (2pm PST on January 1) each year in future iterations of an expanded playoff, beginning in 2026 and beyond. in Expanded match format approved by Chiefs On September 2, the six pots will host alternating quarter-finals and semi-finals. When her playoff game doesn’t fall on New Year’s Day, Rose wants to hold a non-CFP game, between teams from the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, in an exclusive window at its traditional date and time.
At this week’s meeting, the CFP Board of Directors, an 11-member group of FBS heads, discussed the issue and, for the time being, agreed not to create an exclusive window for the game dubbed “Granddaddy of Them All”.
It’s a somewhat expected move given the circumstances. Few, if any, guarantees of a playoff can be made after 2025 due to the lack of a contract. No details have been remotely finalized and only a few have been explored, most notably a timeline and media rights deal.
The situation with the Rose Bowl, which has now festered for months, has come to a head more than two months after Chiefs unanimously agreed to expand the 12-team finals to begin no later than 2026, the first year of what will be a new CFP contract with UEFA. . Six dishes and broadcast partner or partners. The 10 FBS commissioners, plus Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s athletic director, have spent the past several weeks focusing not on 2026 and beyond, but on expanding into 2024 or ’25.
With each meeting of the commissioners They solved a large number of problemsmost notably the scheduling of eight additional playoff games, the revenue distribution model, and the logistics of hosting the first round at campus locations.
However, there is one issue over which the commissioners have no control: contracts are attached to each of the six pots.
Simply put, an expansion playoff cannot happen before 2026 without Rose Bowl approval. If it chooses against expansion, it would be costly for college football in more ways than one. The expanded CFP will generate an additional combined revenue of $450 million in 2024 and ’25 plus an additional 16 tiebreaker points. The same bowl game may also cost a spot in a new iteration of the playoffs in 2026 and beyond.
“Everything else can be worked out or worked out,” says one prominent source.
A Rose Bowl spokesman declined to comment when it arrived on Friday.
Described as stubborn by some and traditionalists by others, the Rose Bowl situation has long been anticipated, which some have previously described as the “biggest stall” and “big problem” in expanding the playoffs before their current CFP contract expires after the 2025 season.
Indeed, in July 2021, Senior executives at the conference anonymously expressed their frustration to me Sports Illustrated on the game, which has historically been protected by long-standing relationships with the Pac-12 and Big Ten.
If she does not agree, the rose will cost her partner. The Power 5 league doesn’t need to expand the playoff any further than the Pac-12. The Pac-12 and Big 12 combined to qualify six teams for the eight playoffs—the same amount as the Big Ten. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has qualified 10 and the ACC has qualified eight.
In the SEC’s Media Days last July, when asked about a potential Rose Bowl issue, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey quipped, “We could stay in four (teams),” a phrase he’s said dozens of times over the past year.
said a senior source SI Last summer, public feeling among CFP officials was “enough” with the Rose Bowl and “a lot of drama” expected during the upcoming negotiations. “But at the end of the day,” said the official, “are these two conferences out of the playoff to protect the Rose Bowl?”
After more than 15 months, CFP’s expansion is at the mercy of a 106-year-old game based in Pasadena, California, that is tied to a rally. The Rose has been played every year since 1916, for over 10 decades, which has, over the years, awarded it the venues for the most elite event in college football.
The game is associated with the Rose Parade, and its kick-off is intentionally timed each year—at 2 p.m. local time in Pasadena—to sunset, in the fourth quarter, over the San Gabriel Mountains in a sight many believe is the most picturesque. in sport.
Times are changing, senior officials say.
Under the proposed 2024-25 dates, the six participating tournaments will hold quarter-final matches on New Year’s Day with semi-finals scheduled for later in January. The Rose have no problem with the schedule in ’24 and ’25 as they are already set to be quarter-finalists and will hold their traditional New Year’s Day start.
However, in the new iteration of the playoff, officials want to hold the traditional Rose Bowl in years that host a semi-final or, more likely, a quarter-final not played on New Year’s Day. In a 12-team playoff, this would be a matchup between the fourth-place team in the Big Ten against the third-place team in the Pac-12. Not only does The Rose want the game to be played at its traditional time, but they also have an exclusive window—roughly 2-5pm PST—in which playoff games are not played.
This window is a lucrative slot in one of college football’s busiest days. Complicating matters, the qualifying rounds may change dates from 2026 onwards. There is deep discussion about moving the regular season by a week And shift the calendar in such a way that the semi-finals are played on New Year’s Day.
Some believe that the Rose Bowl situation is related to money. The game has lucrative contracts with both the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, and while it’s integrated into the CFP, it’s separate. In theory, a separate, non-CFP Rose Bowl would generate revenue that would be kept by the game and two leagues.
The Rose Bowl issue is another hurdle in negotiations to expand the CFP program into the 18th month. In June 2021, a subcommittee of commissioners was formed Suggest a 12 team model Adopted by the Chiefs on September 2. The chiefs intervened after the committee members failed to agree on a formula, a process fraught with drama, pettiness, and hostility over conference reorganization and various ideals.
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