On the heels of the recent Bowl Championship Series (BCS) decision to go with a 4-team playoffs system, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses/Rose Bowl Game, the PAC-12 Conference and the Big Ten Conference have reached an agreement with ESPN on a new, 12-year broadcast agreement through 2026, the sports network announced today.
The new package begins in the 2014-15 season and includes rights to the through the game across all ESPN platforms.
“As we usher in the new era of a college football playoff, it is gratifying to know that the Rose Bowl will continue to be the premier Bowl game in college football,” PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “With the signing of this landmark long-term broadcast agreement with ESPN, the history, tradition and success of the Rose Bowl Game will be assured for many years to come.”
One nice, almost nostalgic element of the package is it guarantees that the game will still be played on January 1 (or January 2 when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday) at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT, pitting the PAC-12 and Big 10 champs, assuming neither is chosen for the new college football playoff system. ESPN/ABC has broadcast the Rose Bowl since 1989.
What has yet to be even be determined by the BCS gang is how just many Rose Bowl games would be deemed a playoff once the rotation is established. It is expected that the new national championship game will be sold to the highest bidding network as a stand-alone contest at a neutral site.
The Rose Bowl is slated to host the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, the last title game before the newly minted playoff package goes into effect.