Front & Center: Burke Magnus on
12-year ESPN deal for new college football playoff games, championship

In January 2012, ESPN was in New Orleans for the telecast of the Allstate BCS National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers.
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ESPN’s Burke Magnus

ESPN Senior Vice President, College Sports Programming Burke Magnus played an integral role in ESPN’s latest agreement — a 12-year deal for the new college football playoff games. The deal, along with the new four-team playoff format, goes into effect after the 2014 regular season.

ESPN will present the national championship and semifinals each year plus the various related bowls on an annual basis across many ESPN entities. Magnus was also part of the ESPN negotiating team that had previously secured 12-year agreements for the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls and the timing for each (beginning after 2014 regular season) coincides with today’s agreement.

As a result, ESPN has secured rights to all games involved in the new playoff system. In today’s Front & Center podcast, Magnus spoke about how everything came together, the significance of the agreement for fans and what it will mean in the future.