Interesting article, not so much for the playoff part, but the section in regards to how long the Power 5 can last as ESPN and other cable network hemorrhage subscribers
What college football needs to do to make an eight-team playoff a reality
Now, that number is getting lower each month as people turn away from costly basic cable. It has every sports league in the country concerned – and if the NFL is paying attention then college sports conferences should be terrified. So where are we in 2020 or 2025? The whole reason for recent expansion is now built on quicksand.
Whatever fiscal sense Rutgers joining the Big Ten made in 2016 – adding New Jersey cable homes – might not in 2025 … or sooner.
If so, does the Big Ten stay at 14 and keep trying to prop everyone up when revenue gets tighter? Or does a core group break off? Or does an even tighter group of big schools link up with the big schools from other conference and create a couple mega conferences to try to salvage television revenue?