NEW YORK The college football playoff system will be televised on ESPN for 12 years once it starts after the 2014 season, the network said Wednesday.
The title game will be played on a Monday.
The deal is worth about $470 million a year, a person with knowledge of the terms said on condition of anonymity because the fee hadn't been announced.
"Folks are going to love this playoff and the attention ESPN will give to it," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement.
ESPN's current four-year contract to air the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta bowls and the BCS title game is worth about $125 million per year.
ESPN will own the rights to all six bowls involved in the four-team playoff. Conference commissioners decided the semifinals would rotate among those half-dozen sites; the four not involved each year will host major bowl games. The title game will be bid out each season through a separate process, as the Super Bowl is for the NFL.
There will be three contract bowls that offer automatic bids to particular conferences in years they don't host a semifinal: the Rose, Sugar and Orange. The network already had separate deals for the same 12-year period through the 2025 season for those games, which are affiliated with the Big 12, Big Ten and Pacific-12, Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences.
The new agreement gives ESPN the rights to the three "host bowls," which will feature at-large teams and the top squad from the group of five conferences without ties to a contract bowl.
Irish have plenty to play for The Notre Dame-USC rivalry has been defined by dominance over the last four decades.
When the Fighting Irish and Trojans meet for the 84th time Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Notre Dame (11-0) will play for a spot in the BCS national championship game while USC (7-4) will try to salvage a disappointing season.
The Irish appear primed to turn the rivalry back in their direction.
Coach Pete Carroll's Trojans reeled off eight consecutive victories from 2002 to 2009.
In 2010, Brian Kelly's first season as Notre Dame coach, the Irish snapped that streak 20-16. USC came back last season and won 31-17 in South Bend, Ind.
"Well, it's not a great rivalry right now," Kelly said this week. "We haven't won enough games. They've had the upper hand on this. We need to make this a rivalry."
ACC's bowl isn't quite full Miami chose to stay home, self-imposing a bowl ban for the second year in a row in hopes of staving off more drastic punishments later on.
The NCAA told North Carolina to sit this one out.
Boston College, Virginia and Maryland already are out of bowl consideration with too few wins to qualify.
And unless Wake Forest and Virginia Tech can win this weekend, the Atlantic Coast Conference could have only five teams in bowl games its fewest since 2000.
"The guys need to know what's at stake," said Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, whose team plays Vanderbilt on Saturday. "We have smart guys at Wake Forest, and I think they know that it's either win or go home."
Even if the Hokies and Demon Deacons reach the requisite six wins, the ACC would only have seven bowl-eligible teams for eight bowl slots.
Florida The sixth-ranked Gators (10-1) will have sophomore starting quarterback Jeff Driskel back in the lineup against one of their biggest rivals Saturday.
Coach Will Muschamp said Driskel "looked very good at practice (Tuesday), and he'll be ready to go" at No. 10 Florida State (10-1).
Driskel sprained his right ankle against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 10 and sat out last weekend's 23-0 win over Jacksonville State.
Judge sides with ex-USC assistant The NCAA was "malicious" in its investigation of a former USC assistant coach linked in a report to a scandal surrounding tailback Reggie Bush, a judge said.
The NCAA's report on ethical breaches by Todd McNair was flawed, and the former coach has shown a probability he can win his defamation claims, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said.
The NCAA sought dismissal in the case, but Shaller said he was convinced the actions of NCAA investigators were "over the top."
His 10-page ruling stated emails between an investigative committee member, an NCAA worker and a person in the agency's appeals division "tend to show ill will or hatred" toward McNair.
The NCAA said in a statement it planned to appeal.