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College Football Playoff expansion by 2024 ‘in some jeopardy’

ARLINGTON, Texas — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says increasing the College Football Playoff as quickly because the 2024 season is “in some jeopardy” if an settlement on a brand new format can’t be reached quickly.

Speaking Saturday to reporters earlier than the Big 12 championship recreation between No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Baylor, Bowlsby stated expansion talks have slowed to the purpose the place the probabilities of implementing a brand new format earlier than the present 12-year settlement ends after the 2025 season are waning.

The CFP administration committee, comprised of 10 convention commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director, met early this week and in Dallas and might nonetheless not attain consensus on a a proposal to broaden the playoff from 4 to 12 groups.

“Well, just for purely logistical reasons year 11 (2024) is probably in some jeopardy at this point, just because there’s good and appropriate things you have to do in order to host the games,” Bowlsby stated.

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“I think it’s also a possibility that we wouldn’t be able to do it for year 12 (2025) and we’ll be talking about what do we do in year 13 and beyond because you know, for all intents and purposes, the CFP goes away (after 2025). There is no operating agreement beyond 2025-26 and there are no contracts that bind us beyond ’25-26,” he stated.

Bob BowlsbyBob BowlsbyAP

Currently, it takes consensus of all 11 members of the administration committee to maneuver ahead on a playoff proposal that will nonetheless want approval from the college presidents and chancellors who oversee the CFP.

The subsequent scheduled assembly of the commissioners and the presidents is across the nationwide championship recreation in Indianapolis on Jan. 10, however the commissioners might convene once more sooner.

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Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff stated Friday evening earlier than his league’s title recreation in Las Vegas that the group was beginning to look past the present settlement and on the chance the subsequent iteration of the playoff wouldn’t want approval from the so-called Group of Five conferences.

“I don’t think we need 11 people to say yes to get to a solution that would be good for college football. If we find that solution, then we can focus on whether or not we can also get to that solution for ‘24 and ’25,” Kliavkoff stated.

“I think you start by saying, ‘What is the group that needs to agree on a model?’ We can then hopefully invite the rest to join us in. So it’s just a different paradigm about how you think about who gets to make a decision about what the model looks like.”

George KliavkoffGeorge KliavkoffAP

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Bowlsby re-iterated full consensus is required to broaden earlier than the top of the present contract. As for past 2025: “There is no next contract.”

If this try to broaden by 2024 fails, Bowlsby stated the group might begin from scratch on a brand new mannequin — however not essentially.

“I suspect that a lot of the work that the working group did will be a basis for that, because we did a fairly thorough vetting on virtually any model you can name. And so it’s likely to be the underpinning of it — but you never know,” he stated.

One of the problems that has turn into a stumbling block to expansion is which conferences are assured computerized entry for his or her champions.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren was the primary commissioner to return out publicly in help for guaranteeing entry for all Power Five convention champions and simply the highest-ranked champion from the 5 different conferences.

“So I’m a big believer in the automatic qualifier for the Big Ten conference and the other Power Five conferences,” Warren informed SiriusXM this week.

Kevin WarrenBig Ten commissioner Kevin Warren is in favor of Power Five convention champions getting an computerized bid to an expanded CFP.AP

In the 12-team proposal unveiled in June and put forth by Bowlsby, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson beneficial the six highest-ranked convention champions from all 10 FBS leagues make the playoff together with six highest-ranked at-large alternatives.

Group of Five convention commissioners, most notably Mike Aresco from the American Athletic Conference, choose computerized entry not be restricted to Power Five champions.

Earlier within the week, Sankey stated he nonetheless favors the six-best-champions mannequin the subgroup proposed. Bowlsby on Saturday laid out one of many causes the group averted computerized entry for simply the Power Five.

“We found out the extent to which we anoint ourselves in the privileges, including automatic access, is usually the extent to which we get called before Congress or we get challenged legally,” Bowlsby stated. “There are good reasons why we proposed six highest-ranked conference champions and those reasons haven’t changed.”

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