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College Football Playoff expansion to 12 teams in 2025 and beyond, explained


This is the final year we’ll need to deal with controversy when it comes to selecting the College Football Playoff.

Okay, that’s probably not true — but 2024 will be the last year we’ll have to deal with talk of “snubs” as profound as Florida State being left out of the CFB Playoff.

Click here to read the story at

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the College Football Playoff?
  2. What is a sports product?
  3. Do you think the College Football Playoff is a product? Why or why not?
  4. Based on what you learned in this news story, what is happening in 2025 with the CFB?
  5. If so, do you think expanding the number of teams in the playoff improves the product? Why or why not?
  6. What is revenue?
  7. How do you think the CFB helps the NCAA and its schools generate revenue?
  8. How might expanding the number of teams lead to an increase in revenue?
  9. What are ratings?
  10. Why are ratings important to the NCAA?
  11. How might expanding the playoffs impact ratings?
  12. What are college bowl games?
  13. Do you you think they will continue with the existing bowl games with an expanded playoff? Why or why not?
  14. What is leadership?
  15. Why is important for organizations like the NCAA to have good leadership when making big decisions like what to do about expanding the playoffs?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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