Now that we know a college football playoff is coming in 2014, and what it may look like, the next questions will center around what these shenanigans mean for the viewing fan.
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, someone we have a tremendous amount of trust in, just reported the total value on the new college football postseason TV deal will be so enormous that it will put previous figures to shame and that is saying a lot considering the BCS produced $174 million last season (other bowl revenue streams can be seen below). Hayes’ source claims the deal could be worth in excess of $5 billion over a ten-year period. That annual estimate of $500 million is almost three times more than last year’s figure. That’s insane.
Hayes also tweeted that TV rights between the semifinals games and the national championship games could be shared between different TV partners and/or rotating partners. Further, he claims there is zero chance for a “Plus-1″ model because the initial estimates are “they’d be throwing away $2.5 billion–at least.”
To make things more complicated, Hayes claims ESPN would not present
an unbeatable offer during its exclusivity period for being the current television rights holders. Therefore, the price of those rights could be driven up sky high with networks like CBS, Fox, NBC, and Time Warner in the mix for the bidding war extravaganza.
Now, here’s 5 downsides to a college football playoff.