In a report first published by SI.com, The College Football Playoff’s highest-ranking body, the Board of Managers, is having a virtual meeting Friday and is expected to vote to expand the CFB to 12 teams beginning in 2024.
Whether expansion happens in 2024, 2025 or 2026, commissioners are tasked with finalizing format details.
They restart the expansion process with a meeting in Dallas next week – the first gathering since (1) USC & UCLA news & (2) Brett Yormark's hiring.https://t.co/k0tvnSZC3i
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 31, 2022
The path requires a unanimous vote because the CFP is in the final four years of its current contract.
The board of managers consists of a president of a university representing each Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference and Notre Dame.
After months of the conference commissioners trying to trying to find a format to expand, university presidents are showing their frustration, and want to come up with a format themselves.
In February, the conference commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick had a meeting and after the bickering, back and forth, it resulted in a vote of 8 to 3, with the Big Ten, ACC and Pac 12 voting against the proposal.
Having the CFP expand to 12 teams could provide an additional $450 million of additional profits over the last two years to its contract with ESPN. That’s why the Board of Managers is taking matters into its own hands to get the college football expansion to come to pass.
There will be some logistical hurdles due to having to push the season back another week to mid-to-late January, which interferes with the beginning of the spring semester. Additionally, they would have to figure out sites for these playoff games with 27 months’ notice.
Before that, there needs to be a unanimous vote Friday.