NCAA Football Is Now Openly Pro Football


The playoff still has two years remaining on its current deal with ESPN, with the network holding rights to first-round, quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games for the 12-team playoff, which will make its debut following the 2024 regular season. Under the new extension, ESPN would have the ability to sublicense games to other networks.

The full contract will not be complete until CFP leaders decide on a new format for the 12-team model following the Pac-12’s effective dissolution.

That format moving forward could be a real sticky point. The College Football Playoff Management Committee initially agreed on a 6+6 model for the expanded 12-team format, in which the six highest-ranked conference champions would automatically qualify and the remaining “at-large” bids would go to the next six highest-ranked teams.