ESPN REACHES 12-YR PACT FOR NEW COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

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November 21, 2012 
ESPN Reaches 12-Year Agreement For New College Football Playoff 
All Related Games Including National Championship, Semifinals
And More 
ESPN and the group that will administer the new college football
playoff have reached an agreement in principle to present the
playoff games and selected other games for 12 years on an
exclusive basis across ESPN’s platforms. The agreement will
begin after the 2014 regular season (including January 2015) and
continue through after the 2025 regular season (January 2026).
It 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. 
The agreement was announced today by ESPN President John Skipper
and Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS and the future
college football playoff. 
ESPN would feature the games on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV
and via WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox
LIVE. Additionally, ESPN would have the rights to distribute the
matchups on ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes and around the world via ESPN
International. 
Specifically, the arrangement would provide ESPN with rights to: 
Championship Games: Coverage of each year’s 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. 
“Because of college football’s widespread popularity and the
incredible passion of its fans, few events are more meaningful
than these games,” Skipper said. “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 added, “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.” 
ESPN is in the midst of a four-year agreement for the Bowl
Championship Series (BCS). The network televises all five games
from the current format, including the Rose, Sugar, Orange and
Fiesta Bowls, as well as the BCS National Championship Game. The
two BCS National Championship Games on ESPN (2011, 2012) have
generated the two largest audiences for any program in the
history of cable television. 
The new playoff will be administered by the Football Bowl
Subdivision conferences and independent institutions. 
The agreement in principle is subject to completion of
definitive documentation and all necessary approvals. 
About the Bowl Championship Series
The BCS is a five-game arrangement for post-season college
football that is managed by the 11 Bowl Subdivision conferences
and independent institutions.  Its purpose is to match the two
top-ranked teams in a national championship game and to create
competitive match-ups in the four other BCS bowl games.  For
more information, visit http://www.bcsfootball.org. 
ESPN Senior Vice President, College Sports Programming Burke
Magnus participated in a podcast with ESPN Front Row to discuss
the agreement: http://wp.me/p2UdgX-boD 
Media contacts:
ESPN: Keri Potts at (860) 766-4483; keri.a.potts@espn.com
BCS/Future College Football Playoff: Tracie Dittemore at 913-341-8151 
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