By now, the story has been covered from every angle: the College Football Playoff semifinal games saw a nearly 40% viewership drop on television, a number that many feel is because the games were played on New Year’s Eve (something that will happen two out of every three years because the Rose Bowl refuses to move off the New Year’s Day spot). The drop is reportedly going to cost ESPN nearly $20 million to advertisers.
During a press conference on Friday, the executive director of the playoff system, Bill Hancock, was asked why he thought there was a drop. His answer was to place the blame on a galaxy far, fas away:
You see, folks? It had nothing to do with people celebrating the night and not sitting at home watching the games! Seriously, this playoff system is going to be the worst thing that happened to college football.