In what is looking like a precursor of things to come with the death of the BCS, SBD reports ESPN has agreed to pay $80 million per season for the rights to the Rose Bowl from 2015 to 2026. ESPN is currently paying just $30 mllion for the game, and the new contract represents a massive increase in rights for the game, and will affect on other bowl games as well.
ESPN is currently paying $125 million for the rights to the BCS Championship Game, and in the fall, they will have an exclusive 30 day window for working out a deal for the semifinals and finals of the new playoff system before they go onto the market. ESPN will not have exclusive rights for the brand new Champions Bowl (the Big 12-SEC matchup) and the Orange Bowl, which have separate contracts. The Champions Bowl to draw a numerical figure similar to that of the Rose Bowl, while the Orange Bowl will fetch less due to the variable, at-large nature of one of the spots in the game.no comments