Jim Harbaugh Believes College Football Players Should Earn Revenue From TV Deals Expected In Expanded CFB Playoffs
Michigan football’s Head Coach Jim Harbaugh recently told the Associated Press that he believes that college football players should earn revenue from the massive TV deals worked out by the University Conferences. Harbaugh has been the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines for eight seasons, and is coming off a year where he led the Wolverines to a 12-2 record. Michigan started of the 2022 season with a 51-7 blowout victory over Colorado State.
“I do believe the players should receive a revenue share from the massive TV deals that have been worked out,” Harbaugh said.
On Friday, the College Football Playoffs Board of Managers decided to expand the 4-team playoff picture to a 12-team playoff bracket. The expanded bracket was initially proposed back in 2021 by a sub-group of the CFP’s management committee. The sub-group issued a statement, saying that the four-team bracket was “very popular” and a big success but stressed that there should be more opportunities for teams and student-athletes to take part in the playoffs.
“After reviewing numerous options, we believe this proposal is the best option to increase participation, enhance the regular season and grow the national excitement of college football,” the Board of Managers said.
With the new 12-team format, the playoffs will be composed of six conference winners, and six “at-large” teams that will be ranked by the selection committee. The top four teams reportedly will receive a first-round bye week, with the actual first-round games composing the rest of the featured playoff teams. Those games will be played on the home team’s campus.
The CFP management committee, which is comprised of conference commissioners and Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, will be meeting in Dallas on Thursday to discuss the additional playoff games, along with host sites, TV windows, and more.
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