The Sugar Bowl will be one of six sites in the playoff rotation, along with the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl and three more still to be announced. How often each bowl hosts a semifinal is still to be determined. ESPN’s deal with the Sugar Bowl calls for it to broadcast the game even in years it hosts playoffs.
ESPN earlier this year reached a similar 12-year deal, for about the same price, with the Pac-12 and Big Ten for the rights to the Rose Bowl.
The person said a 12-year agreement between ESPN and the Orange Bowl will likely be announced soon.
ESPN.com previously has reported that the network will pay about $55 million per year for the rights to the Orange Bowl, which will match the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, or another highly ranked team from the league, against either an SEC team, a Big Ten team or Notre Dame. The ACC struck a deal with the Orange Bowl during the summer.
ESPN also is working on a 12-year deal for the entire playoff package of 24 semifinals and 12 national championship games, along with the other three host bowls, that has been reported to be worth around $500 million per year.
Three networks to air Sandy specials Sunday
Less than three weeks after Superstorm Sandy came ashore on the East Coast, three television networks will offer the chance to relive the experience on the same night.
PBS’ “Nova” series will air a one-hour special on Sandy on Sunday evening, the same night that History is scheduled to run “Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water,” The Associated Press reports. The National Geographic network first aired its Sandy special on Thursday but is rerunning it on Sunday night.
Two of the specials, on PBS and National Geographic, will directly compete with each other at 7 p.m.
Still, many of the people affected by the storm will be unlikely to see the TV specials. Thousands of homes remained without power Thursday.