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ESPN lands 12-year agreement to televise playoffs, ‘BcS’ bowls

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There’s a stunning development, eh?

After previously reaching multi-year agreements to televise the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls, ESPN announced Wednesday that they have acquired the rights to all of the so-called “BcS bowls,” which will include the national championship game, the two playoff semifinal games and the three host bowls that are not a part of the playoff rotation that particular season.

The agreement is for 12 years and will commence in 2014, the first year of the four-team playoff.  It’s believed ESPN paid in the very ritzy neighborhood of $500-$600 million per season for the broadcast rights across multiple platforms.

“Because of college football’s widespread popularity and the incredible passion of its fans, few events are more meaningful than these games,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “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.”

In addition to the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls, it’s believed the Chick-fil-A, Cotton and Fiesta Bowls will round out the six-bowl rotation.  A final decision on the three remaining bowls that will make up the rotation is expected at some point next year.

“We are delighted to continue our relationship with ESPN for 12 more years,” BcS executive director Bill Hancock said. “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.”

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12 Responses to “ESPN lands 12-year agreement to televise playoffs, ‘BcS’ bowls”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Nov 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    Money, money & MO MONEY$$$$$$$$$ ESPN sucks.

  2. strauhal says: Nov 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    Love the picture associated with this story. Does espn have its own
    Mint?

  3. canetic says: Nov 21, 2012 2:19 PM

    That’s fine with me as long as I don’t have to listen to Lou Holtz. And could they use some money to upgrade their HD cameras?

  4. drummerhoff says: Nov 21, 2012 2:29 PM

    More John Gruden, pleeeeeeeease.

  5. floridacock says: Nov 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Great! Now we can have 10 minutes of commercials for every 5 minutes of action.

    @strauhal
    Yea ESPN does have a mint, it is us the fans! Who do you really think will ultimately pay for this contract?

  6. Brian Basher says: Nov 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    ESPN…that is the name of the disease that is killing college athletics

  7. overratedgators says: Nov 21, 2012 3:29 PM

    Remember: one of Hancock’s prior objections to a playoff was that it would water down the value of the existing BCS structure. So much for THAT argument.

  8. sbuel2 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:00 PM

    I remeber, before BCS, watching the bowl games where each result could mean your team playing last, like Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, could see if they had a shot at number 1 if they won the game. used to be fun watching on ABC, NBC and CBS. Long ago Good Old Days. I don’t particularily like the ESPN announcers who often have wrong information or slightly prejudiced for one team or another.

  9. sharksfan754 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:59 PM

    As long as FOX isn’t broadcasting I’m all for it. Joe buck is THE WORST commentator of this generation by far!

  10. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    ” And could they use some money to upgrade their HD cameras?”

    I’m far from an HD expert, so I don’t quite understand this statement. ESPN HD looks pretty good on my cheap Sanyo TV. What am I missing here?

  11. necr0philia says: Nov 21, 2012 7:36 PM

    fcmlefty1. LMAO a lot a whole lot. Haha if your a fan of any type of sports you need to upgrade my friend.

  12. sssjim7 says: Nov 21, 2012 10:07 PM

    Hrm… I wonder who will get all that money?

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