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2020-2021 College Football Playoff Payouts

Details on the payouts made by the College Football Playoff following the 2020-21 season.

College Football Playoff Payouts

Last Updated on November 1, 2022 by Kristi Dosh

Based on calculations from the 2020-21 season, the College Football Playoff payouts for 2020-21 were made in the spring of 2021 (the strikeout amount is the amount that was originally projected for 2020-21 in the CFP’s media guide before adjustments following the season):

Each of the 10 conferences received a base amount. For conferences that have contracts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose, or Sugar bowls, the base combined with the full academic performance pool was approximately $66 $57 million for each conference. The five conferences that do not have contacts for their champions to participate in the Orange, Rose or Sugar bowls received approximately $90 $83 million in aggregate (full academic pool plus base). The conferences distribute these funds as they choose. Notre Dame received a payment of $3.19 $2.5 million by meeting the APR standard; the other three independents shared $1.56 $1.85 million.

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  • Kristi Dosh

    Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more

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