Faculty Soccer World responds to the newest playoff developments

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: The Alabama Crimson Tide take the field prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

Don’t worry, college football fans. The playoff expansion is yet to come. It will probably just take a little longer than previously thought.

The expansion of the playoffs from four to twelve teams is still well on the way to being able to take place sometime in this decade. Various governing bodies continue to support the new format. The question about enlargement, however, is when it will be implemented.

Most fans would love to see it next year. But right now, 2023 is likely the earliest that could happen. But that too could be a stretch. The most plausible year for the playoff expansion is 2026. Why? The current four-team contract runs until 2025.

It will be a much longer process to expand to 12 teams than previously expected. But expansion is still on track, it’s only a matter of time.

He recently spoke to another member of the CFP Management Committee who gave a very warning about the assumptions about an effective date for enlargement (2023 at the earliest).

The committee member went so far as to say that 2024 or 2025 could be difficult.

The contract runs until the playoff 2025. https://t.co/qxqW0aARWM

– Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) June 22, 2021

In summary, the good news is that the 12-team playoff is widely accepted by those in charge. The bad news is we could get a four-team playoff for at least the next five years.

We’re still on track for the 12-team playoffs. @ CFBPlayoff Board authorizes the Management Committee to begin the summer review phase of the new format of discussion with the people on our campus: student-athletes, track and field directors, faculty track and field representatives, coaches and university presidents / Chancellor.

– Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 22, 2021

The next meeting of the #CollegeFootballPlayoff Board of Managers is September 28th. Circle this date on your calendar.

– Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) June 22, 2021

A group tasked with investigating a possible playoff expansion presented its findings to the CFP board on Tuesday.

Following the presentation, the board approved the next step, a “summer revision phase”, in which more influential members will be included.

“After the Board of Directors heard today’s presentation of the working group along with the Board of Directors who came to us for today’s meeting, the Board of Directors authorized the Board to begin a summer review phase, which has other important voices on the matter will involve, ”said board chairman Mark Keenum, about 247Sports. “… We have relationships with the bowls and a broadcast partner with whom we would like to consult in order to check the feasibility of the proposal with 12 teams.”

The playoff expansion is in sight. Tuesday’s results were a big step in the right direction.

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