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College football playoff expansion talks to continue on December 1

DALLAS (NWN) — The administrators in charge of the college football playoffs are planning to meet again on December 1 to continue expansion talks that need to reach consensus by the end of the year if a new postseason format is to be implemented. 2024 season.

Executive Director Bill Hancock issued a statement Thursday after two days of meetings with the CFP management committee in Dallas that he called “productive.”

“Support for the extension is clear, but there are several important details that remain under discussion,” Hancock said.

The most important details before the management committee, which includes 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s Athletic, should be how big of an expansion from the current four-team format should it be?

A 12-team format was unveiled in June and was expected to be approved in September to be implemented before the end of the current 12-year contract with ESPN that runs through the 2025 season.

Instead, the process has been slow since it was revealed in July that the Southeastern Conference plans to add the big 12 major schools Texas and Oklahoma by 2025.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was part of a four-person group – along with Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlesby, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson and Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick – that worked on the 12-team plan.

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Sankey’s involvement in both the CFP expansion and the convention realignment led the relatively new conference commissioners in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 to become more skeptical about the process and re-consider the possibility of expanding to eight instead of 12. inspired to.

odds for eight which will make it difficult to ever pass up and a lot of details Even if the commissioner is about 12 to work through.

Hancock said after the last meeting in late September that if the management committee could not reach a consensus on an expansion plan by January, the expansion would be put on hold and ESPN would remain in the four-team format through the length of the contract.


NWN College Football writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.


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