College Football Playoff announces changes for future semifinal games
The College Football Playoff realized it had to do something.
Playing every semifinal game on New Year’s Eve wasn’t going to work. That was evident last year when ratings took a major hit in the second year of the new system.
So instead of playing every semifinal game on New Year’s Eve, only some of them will fall on Dec. 31. The CFP announced that it will move four future games off New Year’s Eve in years 2018, 2019, 2024 and 2025:
So no, that won’t change anything in 2016. But the idea behind the change was to avoid New Year’s Eve games in avoidable situations. The 2021-22 games will still be played on New Year’s Eve because it falls on a Friday, which means it is recognized as a holiday.
In other words, every non-New Years Eve game is on a weekend.
“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” CFP spokesperson Bill Hancock said in a statement. “We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better.
“These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much. For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”