Rose Bowl to Stay on ESPN Through 2026
Agreement begins same year as new college football playoff
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/28/2012 11:19:02 AM
The new agreement begins in January 2015, the same year that Division I (FBS) college football will have its first ever playoff, which was announced on Tuesday.
The game will take place each year on Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT), except on years that Jan. 1 is a Sunday, in which the game will be played on Jan. 2. As of now, the game will continue to feature the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, but with Tuesday's announcement, the exact postseason bowl rotation is unknown at this point.
"The Rose Bowl Game is one of sport's most meaningful and celebrated events," John Skipper, president, ESPN and co-chair, Disney Media Networks, said. "Extending our relationship long term with such a prestigious brand will play a significant role in the way fans continue to define ESPN -- as the leading destination for college football all year long."
The game will also be available on ESPN's online and mobile platforms. Additionally, ESPN has secured rights to distribute the game on ESPN 3D and around the world through ESPN International.
ESPN began televising the Rose Bowl in 2011; before that, sister network ABC had carried the game since 1989.
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