The College Football Playoff is starting to look at moving the semifinals to a date other than New Year’s Eve, executive director Bill Hancock said during SEC media days Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The ratings for the 2016 playoff semifinals dropped by 36% from 2015, the first year of the four-team playoff system.
Staging the games on New Year’s Eve drew criticism, as the date and time are not seen as conducive with a major sporting event.
Hancock said the hope is to move the game to a time when more fans can watch. The earliest the change would happen is 2018.
He also addressed the idea of the playoff expanding beyond four teams, saying the topic has not been discussed.