Wondering who is more excited than college football fans to see that the top division is finally moving to a playoff system? It’s ESPN, which just announced it’s signed a 12-year deal for the championship games, semifinals, additional bowl games and “related programming.” The deal kicks in after the 2014 regular season, when ESPN’s current BCS deal ends. While it’s bad news for anyone hoping to get legit access without a cable package, ESPN now has rights to offer the games on TV, in 3D and to mobile devices through its WatchESPN apps (now including the Xbox 360) until 2026. ESPN says its broadcasts of two BCS Championship games have generated the highest cable audiences ever, so it’s no surprise they’d want to keep an iron grip on these new games. There’s more details in the press release after the break, hit the source link to hear an interview with network VP Brooke Magnus about the negotiations.
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Source: ESPN, ESPN Front Row