Starting in 2018, the College Football Playoff is prepared to return New Year’s Eve to a night of celebrating with friends.
According to report from USA Today’s George Schroeder, the College Football Playoff has discontinued an attempt to make its semifinals games a New Year’s tradition.
Beginning in 2018, the games that were scheduled for around the New Year’s holiday will instead be played on the preceding Saturday.
“We looked at the replay,” Hancock said, according to Schroeder. “And we reversed the call.”
The 2016 games, which are already scheduled for New Year’s Eve, will continue as scheduled.
Here’s a look at how this impacts future seasons, courtesy of Schroeder’s report:
For the 2017 season, the semifinals rotate back to the Rose and Sugar Bowls and their guaranteed New Year’s Day slots. The semis will also be played in the Rose and Sugar (and on New Year’s Day) after the 2020 and 2023 seasons.
In 2018, the semifinals (Cotton and Orange bowls) will be played Saturday, Dec. 29. In 2019, the semifinals (Fiesta and Peach) will be played Saturday, Dec. 28.
The semifinals will be played on New Year’s Eve in 2021 and 2022. But in 2022, Dec. 31 falls on a Saturday.
The changes come after television ratings slipped by 40 percent when games were played on New Year’s Eve in 2015 after being played on New Year’s Day for the 2014 season.