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TNT Sports to Air CFP Games Starting in 2024 Season

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Earlier this week it was announced that TNT Sports and ESPN have agreed to terms on a five-year deal that will allow TNT to sublicense College Football Playoff games beginning with the 2024 postseason.

According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, TNT will air two first-round CFP games during the 2024 and 2025 seasons. In addition to those first-round contests, TNT will add two quarterfinal games starting in 2026 and running through 2028.

Despite TNT’s new venture, ESPN will retain the rights to the presentation of the CFP and will still air the remainder of the College Football Playoff games, including the National Championship game.

 

“We’re delighted to reach this agreement with ESPN, providing TNT Sports the opportunity to showcase these College Football Playoff games on our platforms for years to come,” TNT Sports Chairman and CEO Luis Silberwasser said in a statement. “TNT Sports aims to delight fans and drive maximum reach and engagement for these marquee games.”

The expansion of networks providing coverage for the CFP starting this season makes sense as the playoff field expands from four teams to 12 teams. The field will consist of the five highest-ranked conference champions and the next seven highest-ranked teams. The four highest-ranked conference champions will represent the top four seeds in the new playoff and will also receive byes in the first round.

With the entire playoff now consisting of 11 games, the event will start on December 20-21, with the first round games being hosted on campus. The teams seeded from No. 5 to No. 8 will host the teams seeded from No. 9 to No. 12 in traditional bracket format.

“It is exciting to add TNT Sports, another highly respected broadcaster, to the College Football Playoff family,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “Sports fans across the country are intimately familiar with their work across a wide variety of sports properties over the past two decades, and we look forward to seeing what new and innovative ideas they bring to the promotion and delivery of these games.”

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