College Football Playoffs Deny NFL, ESPN Request to Move Dates

By D.J. Byrnes on February 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm
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Well, it's official. The first round of the second College Football Playoffs will be played on December 31st, 2015.

ESPN wanted the CFP to come off that date so it wasn't going head to head with star-laden New Year's Eve telecasts. The NFL wanted it to come off the date because it's looking at expanding its playoffs.

Bill Hancock, president of the CFP, bends his knee to nobody, corporate behemoth or not. 

From Heather Dinich of

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, confirmed no change would be made. He said those conversations are "over and done with."

"We're not going to change," Hancock said. "It's a done deal."

I've given Hancock a lot of grief over the years, and while I won't apologize for it, I must say I am bemused at him giving the middle finger to the likes of ESPN and the NFL.

 So, Buckeye fans, the question now looms: Assuming Ohio State is #blessed enough to appear in this winter's playoffs, where would you rather visit for a New Year's Eve: The Orange Bowl in Miami or the Cotton Bowl in Dallas?

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