Just leave your wallet on the table where they can reach it.


Revenue distribution from the College Football Playoff took a pandemic-induced $44.6 million hit in 2020-21, a 9.2% decline from record revenue the year before.

With capacity drastically limited at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, site of the championship game, only 14,926 fans attended because of COVID.

That left many of the CFP’s best revenue streams, such as ticket sales, hospitality and merchandise, severely hampered. The vast majority of the CFP’s revenue comes from its 12-year media rights deal with ESPN.

Revenue numbers could grow significantly in the future if the CFP expands the playoffs from four teams to 12. That will be the subject of intense talks during CFP meetings this week in Chicago.

For 2020-21, however, the CFP paid out a total of $441.2 million from the college football season, compared to $485.8 million in 2019-20, the best year the CFP has had in its first seven years.

The biggest financial setbacks were most evident among the Power Five conferences, each of which saw a $10 million decline.


The funny thing is some of y’all actually think playoff expansion is going to lead to the elimination of at least some cupcake games.

That’s almost as amusing as realizing they haven’t even expanded to twelve yet, and there’s already pressure to go to sixteen.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness

16 responses to “Just leave your wallet on the table where they can reach it.

  1. Ran A

    Well said Senator, well said.


  2. Ozam

    Pandemic year… Less than a 10% decline. Oh the horror…..


  3. gotthepicture

    Yay! Quarterfinal games in Madison, Wisconsin in December/January. Win-Win, indeed.


  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Has anybody brought up the idea of expanding the rosters by increasing the scholarship limits, because of the fact that teams could be playing 17 games, additional wear and tear on players, etc.?
    Just a thought.


    • Saban, Dabo, Kirby, etc. approve this message. Seriously though, scoring quickly and often so you can sub more and earlier will have to become part of the coaching strategy for the top 5-6 programs. The strong are only going to get stronger in this insane search for “parity” in a system that has not and never will be designed to be equal.

      Group of 5 should have sought their own playoffs and the P5 should have fought to break away on their own. That model would generate more interest and save the bowls far better than this chase to become the NFL lite with 120+ teams.


  5. KornDawg

    Honestly, the prospect of getting playoff tix might be enough to keep me from canceling my season tickets, if I get to the point that I want to cancel. The only question is: what will the playoff tickets cost? Will we get them at regular SEC ticket costs, or will they hit us with the $200 tickets like they do for the playoffs at the bowl game sites?


  6. otto1980

    Expansion of the playoff especially with a playoff that large may lead to more cupcake games. If you make a P5 conf. championship game and finish with 1 loss a playoff spot is just about automatic.

    If you went to the top 6, cupcake might diminish as you need the resume to get in and IMO the smaller playoff would put more pressure on getting the bye.


    • Tony BarnFart

      I’m also wondering if we’ll see another version of cupcakes within the G5. Will we see fewer and fewer editions of Cincy vs Ohio State, Houston vs OU and UCF vs whoever begrudgingly accepts a game vs their obnoxious asses ?

      It used to be the narrative was that those matchups were lose-lose propositions for the Power 5 team. Now, will those top G5s just hope and pray that winning the AAC alone will get them to the dance and not even try to schedule a giant killer game ? That’s a disservice to the sport IMO.