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New College Football Playoff System Means More Money for Everyone—Except Players BY: Out Of Bounds Staff The new College Football Playoff system has been established to finally end the 15-year debate that was caused by the former Bowl Championship Series. The playoff hopes to establish a true champion, but generate a new flux of income for the power five conferences. Having an official national championship game also produces a greater revenue that was absent in the BCS format. “First off, I’d say the amount of revenue through the College Football Playoff is significantly more than it was in the BCS – three or four time as much. The base is bigger, and everyone’s share will be bigger,” Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky recently said. The Power Five conferences—SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12—will each split a base revenue of $50 million this year, the first in a 12-year contract. Under the previous bowl system, this amount was $27.8 million. The Group of Five conferences—Conference USA, American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference—will split $75 million, which is still five times more than they combined payout in 2013. The SEC and ACC will obtain larger sums this year be-

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cause they both have representation in the Orange Bowl, which is a part of the playoff rotation but is not a semifinal matchup for 2015, but this year’s semifinals the Sugar and Rose bowls will not receive the same payoff according to BusinessOfCollegeSports.com. The National Championship game was held January 12 in Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium. The venue (home of the Dallas Cowboys) holds more than 100,000 spectators and is an ideal locale for the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game. “We’ve seen the benefits and the impact this [venue] has had on hosting the Super Bowl and Final Four,” said Rick Baker, president of AT&T Stadium Events Organizing Committee. Azcentral.com recently reported a $10.7 million budget for the championship game. This figure is around the total of the Final Four basketball tournament played at AT&T Stadium in March. The city of Arlington has estimated that the state’s increase in tax revenue from the event will be around $9.25 million. The AT&T Stadium Events Organizing Committee assesses

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