Somebody's about to pay a whole lot of money to air college football's new playoff, and it might just be exactly who you'd expect to go and do such a thing. The Sporting News' Matt Hayes reports ESPN is the clear frontrunner:
The total payout for the new playoff, beginning with the 2014 season, could be as much as $600 million a year-or $7.2 billion over the 12-year contract. Another BCS source told SN that ESPN, which has dominated the television landscape in the sport, is "closing in" on landing the entire television package.
That might be for the best. The last thing we need is Fox getting ahold of it and creating CGI marching bands of potato chip bags to air during kickoffs, and ESPN has the most experience with this sort of thing, and it also would probably just mean ABC, and I love Brent Musburger.