ESPN's Burke Magnus, executive vice president, programming and scheduling, said the network, which owns the rights to playoff and all the bowls through which the semifinals rotate, was pleased with the decision.
College Football Playoff abandons plan to play most of its semifinal on Dec. 31 →
"I sense that people who run college football and run the conferences obviously are not tone-deaf," said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming.
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