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ESPN Gets New College Playoff For 12 Years.

11-25-2012

The exclusive deal was announced by ESPN President John Skipper and Executive Director of the BCS and the future college football playoff Bill Hancock. ESPN will feature the games on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV and via WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox LIVE. ESPN will have the rights to distribute the matchups on ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes and around the world via ESPN International. The agreement will begin after the 2014 regular season (including January 2015) and continue through after the 2025 regular season (January 2026).

The deal 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 post-season arrangement to determine a college football national champion.
 
Specifically, the arrangement would provide ESPN with rights to:
Championship Games: Coverage of each years championship game pitting the semifinal winners against each other on the Monday at least seven days after the semifinals at sites to be determined by the commissioners.
Semifinals: Coverage of two semifinals each year matching four seeded teams identified by a selection committee to be named by the commissioners. The semifinals will be rotated among six bowl games consisting of three contract bowls and three host bowls to be determined by the commissioners.
Additional bowls in the playoff format: Coverage of all remaining games from the sites of the three host bowls during the years those bowls are not semifinal sites. Note: ESPN had previously secured the rights to the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowl games for the same 12-year period (through January 2026).
Related programming: Exclusive rights to branded content throughout each season, including the official team-selection announcement.


 
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