The College Football Playoff’s Expansion Might be Dead on Arrival. Here’s why.
The CFP (College Football Playoff) was already controversial from the moment it was announced a few years ago. However, it’s now potentially being expanded. But there’s a couple of problems with it that could see it never get implemented.
As of right now, the CFP consists of the top four teams in the country, which is certainly too few, but is better than just the top two facing off in a single championship game. The plan was to expand it to a 12-team format, but there are several obstacles that stand in the way of the new idea ever getting off the ground.
For one, there’s the issue of conference realignment. It’s not a huge issue, but could potentially create some conflicts with certain bowl games. However, the bigger issue is with the Rose Bowl, or “The Granddaddy of them All.” Keeping the hallowed game in the championship picture might have several complications, including moving the traditional start time of January 1st at 2PM local time. The issue is that eliminating the game is impossible (it’d cause an ungodly uproar if it happened), so the CFP committee needs to figure out a compromise that keeps the Rose Bowl on its pedestal.
The final issues are TV rights and NIL stuff. Between having networks pay for the rights to the games and paying the players to play in the big bowl games, the NCAA and the CFP committee are going to have to renegotiate the broadcast deals to bring in more money to accommodate the player payments, and that won’t be easy to renegotiate these massive TV deals in the middle of their respective timelines.
Needless to say, the CFP committee and the NCAA have their work cut out for them. Given their years of ineptitude, it remains to be seen if they’ll be able to make these adjustments and do it correctly.