The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play most of its semifinals on New Year's Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a weekend or a holiday.
The changes will start with the 2018 season. The TV ratings for last year's semifinal games played on Thursday, Dec. 31, dropped 36 percent from the semifinals played the season before on New Year's Day.
This season's semifinals are still set for Saturday, Dec. 31. Next season's playoff is scheduled to be back on Jan. 1. In 2018, the games initially scheduled to be played on New Year's Eve, will now be played Saturday, Dec. 29.