Fortunately for Michigan State fans, last year’s edition of the college football playoff saw a 36 percent decline in overall viewership, a silver lining for Spartan faithful after their trouncing at the hands of former Coach Nick Saban and Alabama, but major revenue dip for ESPN. A win-win if you’re a Spartan and a hater of ESPN.
Now, after bizarrely assuming a semi-final barely expiring before the New Year’s countdown would not hamper ratings, the NCAA has realized the centuries old American tradition of getting off the couch to ring in the new year. The College Football Playoff committee is now thinking about moving the game away from New Year’s Eve.
The fact that Hancock publicly addressed the possibility of moving the games off New Year’s Eve indicates it is “likely to happen,” a source said.
“There’s still work to be done,” a source said. “However, I doubt Bill would have said something if he didn’t think he could get the room [of the commissioners] there.”
With a new schedule yet to be determined, ratings can be expected to rebound by default, assuming the supposedly “mighty” Big 10 conference can muster a champion capable of improving upon the Spartans’ 38-0 humiliation.
Big Ten fans, at least not that many of us saw it live..
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