In college football, there are a handful of traditions that usually uphold every year. One of the biggest traditions is having the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl on January 1 of every year, but it looks like that will change in 2016.
January 1, 2017, falls on a Sunday next year, so that means all college football games will be pushed to the day after to make way for the NFL. However, according to SI.com’s Stewart Mandel, the SEC and Big 12, the two conferences represented in the Sugar Bowl, want to keep the game on its traditional day.
Sankey: The SEC Big 12 prime time Sugar Bowl is important to them. "We will protect that." No talk of moving it so playoff not on NYE.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016
“We’ve got an important and meaningful relationship with the Sugar Bowl over time that the Big 12 and SEC worked to establish a contract and an agreement that that’s when that game would be played,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told CBS Sports. “That is important to us. I think it’s clearly important to our fans. It was important to the Oklahoma State and Big 12 fans who were in New Orleans. We’re going to protect that tradition.”
It’s already been stated that the College Football Playoff semifinals will be played on December 31 in the Peach and Fiesta Bowls. With the terrible television ratings the semfinals pulled this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the games get moved.
However, the games will be played on a Saturday this year, so that could help out a lot of the television ratings. Despite that, it’s not surprising that the SEC wants to keep their tradition alive, I just don’t know how the NFL would feel about competing with one of the biggest college football bowl games at the end of their season.
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