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ESPN Inks $7.8 Billion College Football Playoff Rights Extension That Includes Streaming

ESPN Inks $7.8 Billion College Football Playoff Rights Extension That Includes Streaming

ESPN March 19 announced a six-year, reportedly $7.8 billion extension with the NCAA that gives the Disney-owned sports network exclusive rights to the college football playoffs for the 2026 through 2032 seasons. ESPN has held exclusive rights to the playoffs since 2015.

ESPN will expand its current package for the final two years (through the 2025-26 season), adding all four of the new First Round games each year to the network’s existing New Year’s Six (now Quarterfinals and Semifinals) and the CFP National Championship rights in the new 12-team playoff that will launch this fall.

Beginning in the 2026-27 season, ESPN will broadcast the CFP National Championship on ABC in addition to offering the game across ESPN platforms, which include the ESPN+ subscription streaming service and all other Disney direct-to-consumer streaming offerings.

ESPN is joining Fox Sports and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max platform for a exclusive sports joint venture app launching in the fall. ESPN will reboot the existing ESPN+ streaming service in a new standalone platform bowing in 2025.

“ESPN has worked very closely with the College Football Playoff over the past decade to build one of the most prominent events in American sports,” Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN chairman, said in a statement. “This agreement further solidifies ESPN as the home of college football, as well as the destination for the vast majority of major college championships for the next eight years.”

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