CFP payout could drop 10-15% minus fans

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The college football playoffs will continue amid the coronavirus pandemic, but changes related to COVID-19 are expected to hurt the outcome of the event.

CFP executive director Bill Hancock told Sportico on Friday that income distribution could fall 10% or more from its normal range of around $ 500,000.

Most of the drop would be attributed to a lack of fans in the stands during the semi-finals and the championship game, with some decrease in sponsorship expected as well.

“It’s premature to say this for sure, but my best guess would be somewhere 10 to 15% less than it would have been without a pandemic,” Hancock told Sportico.

The PSC National Semifinals will be the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on January 1. The winners of these competitions will face off in the National Finals on January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Earlier this week, Hancock rejected requests to push back game dates, with many teams’ regular season schedules disrupted due to the pandemic. Last week, 15 Football Bowl Subdivision games were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, and this week’s total was 17 on Friday.

Hancock also reaffirmed this week that the committee will not name a replacement team if either of the announced semi-finalists end up being excluded from the fight before January 1 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. .

Semi-finalists are due to be announced on December 20.

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