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The Rose Bowl agrees to a modified deal that allows for an early CFP expansion

The Rose Bowl agrees to a modified deal that allows for an early CFP expansion

The last remaining hurdle to expanding the College Football Playoff to 12 teams for the 2024 and 2025 seasons has been cleared.

A source told ESPN Wednesday night that the Rose Bowl has agreed to terms that would clear the way for the College Football Playoff to expand into the final two seasons of the current contract, 2024 and 2025.

Any further steps toward an announcement are a formality, as an official announcement of the playoff expansion beginning in 2024 is expected to be imminent.

In early September, the College Football Playoff Board of Managers voted to expand the College Football Playoff to 12 teams starting in 2026.

With nearly $450 million at stake in the final two years of his current contract, the road to an extension has been fraught with complications these two seasons.

But after months of bidding, the latest move was to join the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl had to amend its contract, like the other five so-called “contract bowls”, to accommodate the new system. In the end, the Rose Bowl collaboration was the final hurdle.

A source told ESPN’s Heather Dinich earlier this week that the Rose Bowl was essentially given an ultimatum this week to accept the terms or risk being cut from its next television contract, which begins in 2026.



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