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ESPN signs 12-year deal to carry college football playoff

By Ken Schott
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When the new college football playoff kicks off, it will be on ESPN.

The agreement, which was announced Wednesday by ESPN president John Skipper and Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series and the future college football playoff, will begin after the 2014 regular season (including January 2015) and continue through after the 2025 regular season (January 2026). It includes the national championship game and semifinals, as well as other bowl games that will be part of the rotation to host the semifinals. Combined with previous deals for the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls, the arrangement would provide ESPN with rights to all games that are involved in the new postseason arrangement to determine a college football national champion.

ESPN will feature the games on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV and via WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE. Additionally, ESPN would have the rights to distribute the matchups on ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes and around the world via ESPN International.

"Because of college football's widespread popularity and the incredible passion of its fans, few events are more meaningful than these games," Skipper said in a statement. "We are ecstatic at the opportunity to continue to crown a college football champion on ESPN’s outlets for years to come, the perfect finale to our year-round commitment to the sport."

Hancock added, "We are delighted to continue our relationship with ESPN for 12 more years. ESPN's outlets provide numerous opportunities to bring this iconic event to the fans. Folks are going to love this playoff and the attention ESPN will give to it."

 

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