The College Football Playoff semifinal games will no longer be played on New Year's Eve every year.
After considerable opposition and poor TV ratings, the College Football Playoff Committee was forced to take action.
Next year's College Football Playoff semifinals will still fall on New Year's Eve, but the date has been changed for the games in 2018, 2019, 2024, and 2025. The game dates that coincided with a Saturday or a federal holiday remained unchanged.
Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, explained the decision, stating, "These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much."
Many people go out on New Year's Eve, so the games being played at the same time presented many college football fans with a time conflict. This time conflict will still exist during some years, but not on weekdays and not as frequently.
After examining the situation, the College Football Playoff made some important changes, which should please both fans and the NCAA.