College Football Playoff Semifinals Airing An Hour Earlier In 2016

    College Football Playoff's semifinals will be bumped up an hour in 2016 to attract more viewers.

    March 7, 2016

    College Football Playoff’s semifinals will be bumped up an hour in 2016 to attract more viewers.

    We’re not all spring chickens. Staying up on New Year’s Eve isn’t an exciting challenge for everyone. It’s simply exhausting.

    That could be why the College Football Playoff semifinals are being aired an hour earlier in 2016, according to ESPN. This means watching the Fiesta Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl won’t be as close to the ball drop as the games were in 2015.

    Last year, the semifinal games aired at 4 p.m. EST and 8 p.m. EST respectively. This year, you can set your alarms for 3 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST.

    On top of that, the Capital One Orange Bowl will be moved from New Year’s Eve to Dec. 30 and will air on ESPN, though a time has not been set.

    CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said, in a prepared statement, the goal was to accommodate to the fans’ schedule.

    “As we committed earlier this year, we have looked at the landscape for the upcoming season and are confident that this change will make it easier for more fans to watch the games on television and also will benefit fans who will attend the games in person,” Hancock said. “The semifinals will be played on Saturday for the first time. The Capital One Orange Bowl will be in an evening time slot, which is its tradition.”

    At least now there will be a little more time for football and New Year’s Eve festivities.

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