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How will College Football Playoff expansion work?


The College Football Playoff will include 12 teams, starting with the 2024 season.

An expansion plan that was crafted for two years and haggled over for another 18 months finally cleared all the obstacles needed to go from idea to reality.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is the College Football Playoff?
  2. Why are they expanding?
  3. Why do you think it took so long to actually put the expansion plan into action?
  4. Why do you think they chose to expand to 12 teams, rather than 8?
  5. How might the NCAA benefit from the expansion?
  6. How might conferences and schools benefit?
  7. How might ESPN benefit?
  8. Do you think there will be even more expansion at some point? Why or why not?
  9. What is NIL?
  10. Do you think a college football expansion create more NIL opportunities for college football players? Why or why not?
  11. In your opinion, should college football players receive compensation in addition to NIL opportunities as part of the expansion plan? Why or why not?
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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