Thursday, June 28, 2012
Rose Bowl, ESPN extend until 2026
The Rose Bowl will continue to be televised by ESPN through 2026, thanks to a deal announced Thursday by the Tournament of Roses, ESPN and the commissioners of the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
The announcement comes two days after an agreement for a four-team playoff, devised by conference commissioners and Notre Dame, was approved by a board of school presidents.
The Rose Bowl will be part of the postseason bowl rotation, hosting semifinal games on two occasions between 2015 and 2026. Those games, plus games when the Rose Bowl is not part of the rotation, will be played at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 (Jan. 2 if New Year's Day is a Sunday).
The Rose Bowl said the game will feature the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12, unless it's part of the playoff system for that year. Details of the playoff have yet to be determined.
ESPN will televise the 2013 and 2014 Rose Bowls, plus the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, as part of a previous agreement. ESPN and ABC have broadcast the Rose Bowl since 1989.