It’s heating up in Alabama, folks, and no, I’m not speaking of the temperature. (Although, that’s always a hot topic in these parts.) No, I am speaking here, of course, about the perennial anticipation of football season — and no offense to any other football league intended — specifically NCAA Division I football.
And that should be no big surprise to anyone, especially when you consider the fact that seven of the last eight national championships have been won by SEC teams — and four of those eight SEC national championship trophies now reside right here in this HOT state. After thoroughly dominating the second half of the now defunct BCS title era, it is now up to the future to determine what the new College Football Playoff (CFP) has in store for football’s elite SEC programs.
Here’s what we do know: Computer rankings and polls are out. Replaced by a committee of 13 “experts” to select and seed the teams – this will be the first time that a bracket system is used to determine a top level NCAA football championship.
Under the playoff system, four teams play in two semifinal games, with the winners advancing to the new College Football Championship Game. Six Bowl Games: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/ Peach will serve as hosting pairs for semi-final games on a three-year rotation. The venue for the big game is selected based on bids submitted from cities – much like for the Super Bowl.
The CFP is contractually in place through the 2025 season via an agreement with ESPN, which owns the next twelve years of broadcast rights to all the games –- to the tune of about $7.3 billion.
Never content to be side-lined when matters of new business related to NCAA football arise, HDM also has an important announcement to make: Highlands Digital Media and WVTM/Alabama’s 13 have agreed to distribute original sports content across HDMTV’s Alabama footprint.
The programming, produced by Alabama’s 13 sports department, will include the following segments:
- “Top Sports Stories of the Day” – comprehensive reporting on Alabama, Auburn, and UAB sports, this segment also addresses the top national, state and local sports stories of the day.
- Burger Bytes: Alabama’s 13 Kyle Burger reports on the lighter side of the local sports scene
- Feature sports stories and interviews will round out the programming package.