ESPN Reaches 10-Year Deal To Carry New College Football Playoffs
November 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM (PT)
ESPN RADIO will air play-by-play of the new college football playoff as part of ESPN's 12-year corporate agreement in principle with the board administering the new system. The deal, announced by ESPN Pres. JOHN SKIPPER and BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Exec. Dir. BILL HANCOCK, will begin after the 2014 regular season and continue through JANUARY 2026, including the national championship game and semifinals, as well as other bowl games that will be part of the rotation for the semifinals. Games will be covered on ESPN, ESPN MOBILE TV, WATCHESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN DEPORTES, and ESPN INTERNATIONAL as well as ESPN RADIO. ESPN presently is in the middle of a four-year agreement for the BCS.
“Because of college football’s widespread popularity and the incredible passion of its fans, few events are more meaningful than these games,” said SKIPPER. “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 said, “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.”