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.
Per SportsBusiness Daily, the NFL has told the powers that be in college football that they intend to put a wild-card round game on Monday nights. That could present a problem, as it's likely to go up against the College Football Playoff championship game.
The CFP's 12-year contract with ESPN calls for the title game to be played on a Monday night, typically the second Monday in January. The last three BCS championship games also were played on those Monday nights in January, dating to 2011...
Hancock said his office has voiced its opposition to putting an NFL playoff game against the CFP championship on Monday night.
"We picked Monday night because it was open and it was the best night for our game. We announced that in June 2012," Hancock said. "We established that our game was going to be on Monday night for 12 years."
Fight! Fight for the love of football fans everywhere!
The College Football Playoff is hearing shit from all sides: it's current in a disagreement with ESPN about when to hold next season's semifinal games. The contract stipulates the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl are the semifinals for the 2015 season, and those are scheduled for Dec. 31. But that's dumb, says ESPN and everyone else; most people don't get the day off work, and no one wants to stay home that night.
ESPN wants the CFP to show a little sense, and move the semis to Jan. 2, a Saturday. But the CFP braintrust is committed to its "New Year's Six"—the six premier bowls, on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, that make up the rotation for the semifinals.
"We understand and appreciate their interest in this," CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a prepared statement. "The fact is that we have started a new tradition of back-to-back tripleheaders on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We're not interested in changing for one year, then returning for the next 10. This event has been very well received and we are excited about the future and about enhancing the concept of a 'holiday within a holiday' on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day."
Remember how awesome this year's semifinals were? Two great games, one right after the other, on the perfect day to stay in and watch football? The people running college football don't want to do that again. Because they can fuck up just about anything.