The College Football Playoff semifinal games were moved to New Year’s Eve this year and was met with the expected consequences. Last year, the inaugural year, the games were instead held on New Year’s Day.
Consequentially, both the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl saw a huge drop in their TV ratings. Ghis could be due to most people wanting to spend the lead up to midnight partying, not watching football.
Overnights: 9.9 for Cotton and 9.7 for Orange. Last year's semis were 15.5 for the early game and 15.3 for the late one.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 1, 2016
Of course, lower ratings mean lower revenues. And if there’s anything that can spur swift change, it’s money lost.
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