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Report: The Rose Bowl Has Been Given A Significant Deadline

The Rose Bowl Game logo

The Rose Bowl logo

ESPN's Heather Dinich relayed an ominous report Tuesday on the Rose Bowl's future prospects. 

College Football Playoff leaders and decision-makers, Dinich writes, provided "a self-imposed deadline of Wednesday to determine whether the CFP can expand in time for the start of the 2024 regular season."

If this expansion is not agreed upon, the Rose Bowl would be excluded from various bowl games taking place following the start of the new year. 

Quotes from anonymous sources relayed to Dinich underscored the severity and urgency of the situation. 

"We want the Rose Bowl," one source told ESPN. "We have a good partnership with the six bowls we are affiliated with. I hope the Rose Bowl will be part of that, but there's no guarantee in any of that. None."

The loss of the Rose Bowl would be devastating for college football fans immersed in the sport's tradition. But, as is usually the case with matters like these, the situation's urgency comes down to dollars and cents. 

If this tight deadline isn't met, ESPN reports that the College Football Playoff would lose roughly $450M in revenue. Even in a sport as lucrative as college football, it's inconceivable to think about how large an impact this would have on the sport.

If the Rose Bowl goes by the wayside, and a new home is found for this annual game, there will be no shortage of suitors to offer a new home. Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger offered a handful of possibilities. 

"If it [Rose Bowl negotiations] continues to delay, could the Rose lose its place? Replacement options are virtually unlimited: Citrus, Gator, etc. One official suggests a newly created bowl held at SoFi Stadium."