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CFP officials believe several factors to TV ratings decline

College Football Playoff officials believe several factors contributed to the significant decline in television ratings for the second year of the playoff.

After a presentation from ESPN during their spring meeting Wednesday, CFP executive director Bill Hancock says there is no way to determine exactly how much the decline for last season's semifinal games can be blamed on any of those factors. They include playing late into New Year's Eve, the non-competitive nature of those games and maybe a "sophomore slump."

"It's just so important to remember that one year doesn't make a trend," Hancock said. "On the other hand, we're watching, we're paying...