Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: College Football Playoff Plans to Stick with New Year's Eve

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: College Football Playoff Plans to Stick with New Year's Eve

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PLANS TO STICK WITH NEW YEAR'S EVE: College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Friday he does not anticipate any changes being made to next season's schedule when the semifinals will again be played on New Year's Eve.

Television ratings for the semifinals dropped about 36 percent from last season when the first College Football Playoff games were played on New Year's Day. The first game last week kicked off at a time when many people were at work and the second went up against New Year's party plans.

Hancock said that "one year does not make a trend" and playoff and ESPN officials need to study the data to determine how much of the decline was caused by when the games were played.

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