The College Football Bowl format is expected to undergo some changes, including an extended playoff schedule. And Sports Illustrated is reporting that there’s plenty more to come as it pertains to alterations to Bowl season.
The publication has been told — by the director of Bowl Season, Nick Carparelli — that it’s time for major changes, with bowl organizers keen on keeping up with all of the developments across college sports.
“There’s more drastic change going on in college athletics than I can ever remember and maybe ever in its history,” Carparelli was quoted as saying. “It’s time now to shift our focus to Bowl Season and determine what role we play in the college football calendar. Everything else in college athletics is evolving, Bowl Season will evolve as well.”
The requirements for bowl eligibility should become stricter. But it’s not that simple when you consider that there were 19 teams with records of 6-6 (or worse) which were bowl eligible this year. Multiple bowl games would dry up should the organizers raise the bar.
NIL Money Could Come Into Play
Another change would make it so that players get paid for that final game of the season. Bowl games bring in lots of revenue, which goes to the conferences at the moment. But players could see some of that cash come into their pockets.
Players who declare for the NFL Draft often skip bowls but, if there is a monetary incentive, we could see more of them stick around for that last fixture, which also bodes well for viewing fans.
Carparelli and other bowl officials are planning to meet with the commissioners of the various conferences in the spring so changes could be discussed.
“People need to take a deep breath,” the director added. “Just because some bowls don’t have an impact on the national championship, it doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful to a lot of people. Even the lowest rated bowl games have 2 million viewers, which out-rates some of the best regular season college basketball games and other alternative programming.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.