Reports: CFP still awaiting new TV contract

The College Football Playoff has a busy offseason ahead.

Among the things the CFP must address includes its television contract, which will enter its final year in 2025.

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According to Ross Dellenger of Yahoo! Sports, the CFP “has not agreed to a new television contract” despite reports it had reached a new six-year extension with ESPN.

Mid-American Conference commissioner and CFP Management Committee member Jon Steinbrecher denied the reported new agreement with ESPN in an email dated last Tuesday and obtained by Yahoo! Sports.

Rumors and reports have swirled about the CFP and ESPN negotiating a new deal with some mentions of a media rights extension through 2031 that would be “worth about $1.3 billion annually,” according to Yahoo! Sports.

The CFP Board of Managers will meet Tuesday and “is expected to vote on a move from a 6+6 format to a 5+7 format in the 12-team expanded playoff format,” according to Yahoo! Sports.

Under the new 12-team CFP, the 6+6 format would allow six conference champions and six at-large teams to comprise the field.

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In the 5+7 format, the Power Four conference champions and a Group of Five would earn automatic bids while the remaining seven highest ranked teams would get in the Playoff. Because conference expansion impacted the Pac-12 and it has Oregon State and Washington State left in the conference, the Pac-12 is not eligible to receive an automatic berth due to it not meeting the eight-school minimum.

CFP commissioners will meet Wednesday in Dallas, according to Yahoo! Sports, and address some of the bigger topics surrounding college football. 

In order for the CFP to adopt the 5+7 format, the 11-member Board of Managers “needs unanimity” in its vote.