Those running the College Football Playoff wanted to institute a new sports tradition by scheduling the semifinal games on New Year’s Eve. The tradition they inaugurated was slightly different: sports fans not watching the semifinal games because it’s freaking New Year’s Eve and who the hell wants to stay in and watch…
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin might have just won a title, but the team bus waits for no one. The coach found himself scrambling for a ride after Monday’s National Championship Game.
You’re in Glendale. You’re so ready for what should be a great National Championship Game. You’re cozy and comfortable in your corporate suite, either because you know the right people or you’re rich as hell. You want to get bent.
♫ 18 beers, 18 beers, tied with Clemson at half & he’s had 18 beers ♫
ESPN, just like everyone else, knew the TV ratings for this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal games would be down from last year’s. But ESPN was still way too optimistic—the games didn’t come close to the numbers they promised advertisers, and now ESPN owes tens of millions of dollars in free commercial spots.
Three months of annoying, Kimmel-led promos and awkward corporate tie-ins weren’t enough to keep ESPN’s college football playoff semifinal TV ratings from plummeting on a New Year’s Eve, the traditions of which have never featured watching college football at home.
Alabama’s Cyrus Jones increased an already big Crimson Tide lead to 24 with this 57-yard punt return. Above is the ESPN Deportes call; here’s how it sounded on Alabama’s Crimson Tide Sports Network:
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio wasn’t about to suffer multiple questions from ESPN’s Heather Cox before tonight’s Cotton Bowl playoff matchup against Alabama, so the Michigan State head coach went full Popovich and walked away. Maybe he heard about this.
ESPN has gone all-in on its Latin American programming strategy, with today’s college football semifinals airing on ESPN Deportes, a Deportes simulcast on ESPN2, and on the main ESPN in Mexico. Unfortunately, some confusion still reigns as you can see in this promo that ran on Deportes (and ESPN2) during halftime of…
Clemson punter Andy Teasdall connected with Christian Wilkins for 31 yards and a first down as Dabo Swinney used some trickery to get the Tigers inside Oklahoma’s 15-yard line. Two plays later, Deshaun Watson found the end zone to put Clemson up 10-7 in today’s first college football playoff semifinal. Here’s how it…
We noted last night that ESPN corporate parent Disney shoved a bunch of hilariously bad references to the college football playoff games on New Year’s Eve into yesterday’s episode of General Hospital. Commenter JortReform noted that even Disney Jr. had been running tie-in promos, and we caught one of them on TV today.…
ESPN says it isn’t worried about viewership for tomorrow’s college football playoff games on New Year’s Eve, but the degree to which TV viewers have been choked to death by promos for the two games—which were played on New Year’s Day last year—has left many never wanting to hear “Auld Lang Syne” ever again.
According to a report from Price Atkinson of ESPN Greenville and later confirmed by others, Clemson’s Deon Cain, Ammon Lakip, and Jay Jay McCullough are going to be suspended from the team’s College Football Playoff/Orange Bowl matchup with Oklahoma on Thursday for a violation of team rules. The Clemson Insider reports
ESPN just revealed the matchups for the second annual College Football Playoff. #1 Clemson will take on #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, and #2 Alabama has #3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. Both games will be played on December 31, with the final on January 11 in Arizona.
If you want to judge college football’s first season that decided a national champion via a four-team playoff based on how much revenue the new system produced for the schools and conferences that participated in it, then the whole thing was an astronomical success.
The College Football Playoff will not move next season's two semifinal games from Dec. 31. Because they are dumb, presumably.
NFL playoff expansion is coming, and probably within the next couple of years—there's too much money in it for it not to happen, once the league and the union can figure out how to split up the take. But more playoff teams means more games, and that means the weekends simply won't be big enough to contain them all.