The College Football Playoff semifinals certainly didn’t have a great run this year as the games had some pretty ratings this year. The low ratings have even caused ESPN to pay back nearly $20 million to advertisers.
It seems as though New Year’s Eve celebrations weren’t the only reason the games had low ratings. Executive director of the CFP, Bill Hancock, said that he believes “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” could have been a big reason why the games didn’t have great reasons.
Bill Hancock: Someone suggested to me Star Wars was a factor (in TV ratings).
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 8, 2016
The seventh installment into the popular franchise just recently became the biggest movie of all time as it surpassed Avatar for the most box office ticket sales.
While I don’t disagree that the movie could have been a big reason why the games didn’t do well, it certainly isn’t far-fetched to believe that the games could have planned better.
Next year, the CFP semifinals are being played in the Fiesta and Peach Bowl, which both take place on New Year’s Eve. With no big time movies scheduled to come out around that time, we will see if Star Wars was a big reason the games were a failure.
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