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Ratings for the CFP Semifinals dropped 36 percent last year when the organization refused to move the games off Dec.
Clemson defeated Oklahoma and Alabama beat Michigan State on a Thursday afternoon and evening in games that were borderline ratings disasters. The games hovered at just below at 10 rating point.
The total number of viewers declined by as much as 40 percent. What are the alternatives, which I don't want to get into. What might be best to give us the possibility of more fans being able to watch the games? At the time, Hancock adamantly told media there would be no changes.
Find the best day when the most people can watch the games. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday. The other three New Year's Six bowls will be played on Jan. After the season, the semifinals will be on Monday, Jan.
A date for the other three New Year's Six bowls -- either before or after Jan. Following the season, New Year's Eve falls on a Monday. ESPN already has moved up the start dates of the semifinals an hour from 4 p.
ET to draw in more viewers. Profit margin has apparently changed a lot of minds in moving the semis.
SportsBusiness Journal reported advertisers were meeting with ESPN discussing "make-good advertising units" before the ratings were final. It is guaranteed in the CFP contract that the Rose Bowl will be played New Year's Day -- unless it falls on a Sunday -- each year whether it is hosting a semifinal game or not.
Six CFP bowls rotate through the semifinals -- two at a time -- each season. The Orange kicks things off on Dec.
Here is a list of dates for CFP Semifinals -- as it stands -- and national championship games through the term of the deal. The so-called host bowls -- Fiesta, Cotton and Peach -- will be reviewed after the season, Hancock said. When asked what kind of interest there would be to replace any of those bowls from various cities, he replied, "Tremendous.
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