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ESPN signs deal for college football championship

New pact runs through 2025 season

ESPN has pacted to become the home of college football’s championship game through the 2025 season.

Deal covers semifinal games and any other bowl games that will be part of the rotating schedule of national championship venues.

After much grief from college football fans, a new playoff system is set to begin with the 2014 season. Currently, the top teams are selected by the Bowl Championship Series poll and bowl committees rather than having the teams play one another to see who is No. 1.

“Because of college football’s widespread popularity and the incredible passion of its fans, few events are more meaningful than these games,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “We are ecstatic at the opportunity to continue to crown a college football champion on ESPN’s outlets for years to come, the perfect finale to our year-round commitment to the sport.”

ESPN already has rights to the NFL’s “Monday Night Football” package, as well as Major League Baseball and Wimbledon, among other events.