College Football Playoff Payouts 2022-2023 (2023)

Last Updated on November 23, 2022

Revenue for the College Football Playoff is distributed annually according to a pre-determined formula, which is subject to adjustments each year. We update this page annually, so be sure and bookmark it. The current year’s distribution plan is below.

Table Of Contents

  1. Two important things to know about bowl game payouts . . .
  2. How much does a team get for making the College Football Playoff?
  3. Where does the College Football Playoff money go?
    • 2022-2023 College Football Playoff Revenue Distribution Plan
    • Actual College Football Playoff Payouts for 2021-22
    • Conference Distribution Policies for College Football Playoff Payouts
  4. Bowl Payouts 2022-23
  5. Historical Bowl Game Payouts by Year
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Two important things to know about bowl game payouts . . .

#1 Be aware that funds are distributed directly to conferences (with the exception of Independents), which each have their own rules for distribution to individual member institutions. For example, some conferences distribute evenly between all members while others grant bonuses to the participating team.

See here for an explanation of how College Football Playoff revenue flowed down to the four semifinal teams for the 2018-2019 season.

#2 These amounts do not include payouts from individual bowls that have direct contracts with conferences.

How much does a team get for making the College Football Playoff?

Each conference receives $6 million from the College Football Playoff for each team selected for a semifinal game and $4 million for each team that plays in a non-playoff bowl under the College Football Playoff. There is no additional payout for the National Championship Game, only additional expenses covered.

Where does the College Football Playoff money go?

2022-2023 College Football Playoff Revenue Distribution Plan

According to the College Football Playoff, the following estimates of the CFP revenue distribution are based on preliminary calculations for the 2022-23 season and are only approximate projections of potential revenue distribution from each component:

  1. Each conference will receive $300,000 for each of its schools when the school’s football team meets the NCAA’s APR for participation in a post-season football game. Each independent institution will also receive $300,000 when its football team meets that standard.
  2. A conference will receive $6 million for each team that is selected for the semifinal games. There will be no additional distribution to conferences whose teams qualify for the national championship game. A conference will receive $4 million for each team that plays in a non-playoff bowl under the arrangement.
  3. Each conference whose team participates in a playoff semifinal, Cotton, Fiesta, or Peach Bowl, or in the national championship game will receive $2.74 million to cover expenses for each game. (This is up from $2.63 million in 2021-22.)
  4. Additionally, certain conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision will receive $2.96 million in aggregate. (This is up from $2.85 million in 2021-22.)

Actual College Football Playoff Payouts for 2021-22

Based on calculations from the 2021-22 season, the following distributions were made in the spring of 2022:

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 $74 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 $95 million in aggregate (full academic pool plus base). The conferences distribute these funds as they choose. Notre Dame received a payment of $3.55 million by meeting the APR standard; the other three independents shared $1.88 million.

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Calculations for 2022-23 will be made following the 2023 National Championship Game.

Conference Distribution Policies for College Football Playoff Payouts

Conferences differ on exactly how they distribute College Football Playoff payouts to their members. Some conferences give participation bonuses–for lack of a better term–to the teams that participate in semifinal and national championship games, while others divide CFP money evenly between members as with all other revenue. The information below was last confirmed January 4, 2022.

ACC: no participation bonus for participating teams.

Big 12: CFP participants receive the higher of Formula A or B.


College Football Playoff (CFP) Championship, Semifinal

  • Participation Subsidy: $2,387,025
  • Travel Subsidy: $424/one-way mile


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College Football Playoff (CFP) Championship, Semifinal

  • Participation Subsidy: $2,015,710
  • Travel Subsidy: $849/one-way mile

Big Ten: [waiting on confirmation]

Pac-12: no participation bonus for participating teams.

SEC: The SEC gives $2.05 million for each team participating in the semifinals and another $2.15 million for the championship game.

Bowl Payouts 2022-23

Payouts from the 2020-21 season from the College Football Playoff are listed here.

I’ve detailed the conference-by-conference payouts from the College Football Playoff for 2020-21 here.

BowlDateBowl MatchupPay-OutFun/Interesting Fact
Bahamas Bowl12/16/22CUSA vs MAC$225,000The inagural Bahamas Bowl in 2014 was the first major bowl game to be played outside the U.S. and Canada since the Bacardi Bowl in Havanna Cuba January 1, 1937.
Cure Bowl12/16/22American, CUSA, MAC, Sunbelt$573,125The Cure Bowl is a platform to help raise capital for individual cancer researchers.
Fenway Bowl12/17/22ACC vs AmericanUnannouncedThe Fenway Bowl is one of four active bowls that is played in a baseball stadium along with the Pinstripe Bowl (Yankee Stadium), the Holiday Bowl (Petco Park), and Guranteed Rate Bowl (Chase Field).
New Mexico Bowl12/17/22MWC vs. CUSA, American, Sun Belt or MAC$1,050,000The winning trophy is a clay pot sculpted Marcellus and Elizabeth Media from the Zia Pueblo; the Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Player Awards were crafted by another Zia Pueblo artist Ralph Aragon who sculpted the awards as shields.
Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl12/17/22MWC #1 vs. PAC-12 #5UnannouncedThe inagural Jimmy Kimmel Bowl in 2021 was the first collegeiate Bowl played in SoFi Stadium; it is the first bowl named after a person.
Cricket Celebration Bowl12/17/2022MEAC vs. SWAC$2,000,000ESPN partners with The 100 Black Men of Atlanta to manage the game’s ancillary events, which include a Youth Symposium, Robotics Showcase, Gospel Night and Fan Experience.
LendingTree Bowl12/17/2022MAC, Sunbelt, or CUSA$1,500,000The mission of the LendingTree Bowl is to advance tourism and economic impact, provide educational and athletic opportunities to the youth of Mobile.
SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl12/17/2022SEC vs. Pac-12$2,900,000The Las Vegas Bowl is now the 16th-oldest game overall and ranks No. 13 in age on a list of current bowls that have remained in one city during their entire history.
Frisco Bowl12/17/2022American Athletic Conference, CUSA, MAC, Mountain West Conference, or Sun Belt$650,000The Frisco Bowl is held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas which is also the home stadium for FC Dallas and the location of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Myrtle Beach Bowl12/19/2022MAC, CUSA, or Sun BeltUnannouncedThe Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played at Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl12/20/2022Mountain West vs. MAC$800,000The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the longest-running cold weather bowl game in college football. Boca Raton Bowl12/20/2022CUSA, MAC, American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt, Mountain West, or Liberty University$900,000This game is played at FAU stadium and is the only stadium that has views of the Atlantic Ocean.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl12/21/2022Sun Belt v. CUSA$825,000Game day activities include Dashing through the Dome, a two-mile race through the Superdome.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl12/22/2022
At-large vs. At-large
$1,350,000More than 40 military non-profits participate in providing free information and services to help veterans during the tailgate.
Radiance Technologies Indepndence Bowl12/23/2022Army West Point vs. American Athletic Conference$2,200,000Every current member of the SEC except Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky has appeared in the game.
Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl12/23/2022AAC, ACC, Big 12, CUSA, MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, independent programs, BYU, or Army$1,125,000Bowl based on the legend of pirate José Gaspar, who allegedly terrorized Florida’s west coast for over four decades.
Easypost Hawai’i Bowl12/24/2022Mountain West v. CUSA$1,200,000This will be the first bowl game since 2020, as last year the bowl had to be cancelled due to issues with COVID.
Quick Lane Bowl12/26/2022Big 10, MAC, or ACC$2,000,000The Detroit Lions, who host the Quick Lane Bowl, is the only professional team to own and operate a bowl game.
Camellia Bowl12/27/2022Sun Belt vs. MAC$300,000This bowl was named after the Alabama state flower, the Camellia.
Servpro First Responder Bowl12/27/2022American, ACC, Big 12$824,545This bowl honors first responders, which include: police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, secuirty guards federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personal, who are the first to arrive and provide emergency assistance.
Ticketsmarter Birmingham Bowl12/27/2022SEC vs. American$1,374,545The TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl was one of seven bowls to sell out in 2021, and it was the first sell-out in that bowl game.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl12/27/2022Big Ten vs. Big 12$1,625,560The football game is played in an MLB ballpark in downtown Pheonix.
Military Bowl Presented by Peraton12/28/2022ACC vs. American$2,066,990Proceeds from the bowl, in addition to supporting the USO, also go to Patriot Point which is the Military Bowl Foundation’s 294-acre retreat for wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers.
Autozone Liberty Bowl12/28/2022Big 12 vs. SEC$4,700,000The AutoZone liberty bowl is the seventh oldest college bowl game.
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl12/28/2022PAC-12 vs. ACC$6,532,700This is the only bowl game to have a credit union as a title sponsor.
Taxact Texas Bowl12/28/2022Big 12 vs. SEC$6,400,000Taxact recently renewed its title spondsorship of the bowl in a multi-year contract with ESPN Events.
Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl12/29/2022ACC vs. Big Ten$4,400,000The bowl is played on Kentucky Bluegrass at Yankee stadium.
Cheez-It Bowl12/29/2022ACC vs. Big 12$6,071,760The bowl was originally called the Blockbuster bowl when it was founded in 1990. During the inaugural bowl, Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon completed 22-of-36 passes for 248 yards to lead the Seminoles to a 24-17 win over Penn State.
Valero Alamo Bowl12/29/2022Big 12 vs. PAC-12$8,252,740In the 30 years that the bowl has been hosted, the combined economic impact of the bowl has been over $950 million, and the contribution to higher education has been over $120 million with the team payouts and scholarships.
Duke’s Mayo Bowl12/30/2022ACC vs. Big Ten$4,780,461In 2021, from September to December, over 755,000 jars of Duke’s Mayo were sold in Charlotte. Because of these sales, a check totaling $15,378 was presented to the NC Hospitality Workers Relief Fund during the Duke’s Mayo Bowl last year.
Tony the Tiger Bowl12/30/2022ACC vs. PAC-12$4,550,000In the last 86 years of the bowl being played, the bowl has hosted 78 different programs which is more than any other bowl’s history.
Taxslayer Gator Bowl12/30/2022SEC vs. ACC$5,350,000Sixth oldest college bowl game and the first ever to be televised nationally coast-to-coast.
Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl12/30/2022MWC vs. MAC$350,000The first bowl game streamed on Barstool Sports.
Capital One Orange Bowl12/30/2022ACC vs. SEC, Big Ten or Notre DameContract BowlThe University of Oklahoma has the most Orange Bowl appearances.
Transperfect Music City Bowl12/31/2022Big Ten vs. SEC$5,700,000The first Music City Bowl was played at Vanderbilt University’s stadium in 1998.
Allstate Sugar Bowl12/31/2022SEC vs. Big 12Contract BowlThe first Sugar Bowl game was held in Tulane Stadium in 1902.
Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl (Semifinal)12/31/2022Playoff Committee Places TeamsCFB Revenue PoolThe Peach Bowl originated as a fund-raiser for the Lions Clubs of Georgia.
VRBO Fiesta Bowl (Semifinal)12/31/2022Semifinal Site – Playoff Committee Places TeamsCFB Revenue PoolAt the end of the 2007 game, Boise State running back Ian Johnson proposed to his girlfriend; she said yes.
Reliaquest Bowl1/2/2023SEC or Big Ten vs. ACC$6,400,000Iowa and Michigan are tied for the most appearances for the Reliaquest Bowl.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic1/2/2023Playoff Committee Places TeamsContract BowlTCU won the first Cotton bowl in the 1936-1937 season.
Citrus Bowl1/2/2023Big Ten vs. SEC$8,224,578Nicknamed “Little Bowl with the Big Heart,” given all the proceeds from the game went to charity.
Rose Bowl1/2/2023Semifinal Site – Playoff Committee Places TeamsContract BowlNicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All,” it is the oldest bowl game.
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T (SoFi Stadium)1/9/2023Peach winner vs. Fiesta winnerCFB Revenue PoolNick Saban has reached the College Football Playoff National Champtionship the most with six appearances.

Research assistance provided by Madeline Myers and Darian Kelly

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Historical Bowl Game Payouts by Year

2020-2021 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

2019-20 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

2018-19 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

2017-18 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

2016-17 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

2015-16 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

2014-15 College Football Playoff Payouts (actual payouts)

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Bowl Championship Series vs. College Football Playoff Payouts


How much do teams get for making the college football playoffs? ›

How much does a team get for making the College Football Playoff? Each conference receives $6 million from the College Football Playoff for each team selected for a semifinal game and $4 million for each team that plays in a non-playoff bowl under the College Football Playoff.

How much did Georgia earn for winning national championship? ›

$750,000 for winning the semifinal and going to the National Championship Game. $1 million for winning the National Championship Game.

How will the new College Football Playoff work? ›

The 12-team format will feature, in order, the top four conference champions, followed by some combination of the top six at-large bids and two highest-ranked remaining conference champions. Teams will be ordered based on the College Football Playoff rankings.

How much do football players make for each playoff game? ›

How Much Are NFL Players Paid in the Divisional Round? NFL players in the divisional round of the playoffs this season are paid $46,500 for participating in the second round of the playoffs. The Chiefs, Jaguars, Bills, Bengals, Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and 49ers made the divisional round of the playoffs.

How much do players get for making the playoffs? ›

According to the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA), for the 2022/23 season, players on a team that won its division and hosted a Wild Card playoff game received $46,500. For a team that secured an at-large Wild Card berth or earned a first-round bye, each player received $41,500.

How is bowl money split in the SEC? ›

Each bowl's payout is given to the conference, and will later be distributed to the teams across the SEC. While each team receives a portion, the team competing in the bowl game earns a larger percentage of the payout.

What are the Pro bowl payouts for 2023? ›

Pro Bowl Prize Money 2023
  • The Pro Bowl's 2023 season has been playing in February. ...
  • The 2023 Pro Bowl champion team players will each receive $84,000. ...
  • The Pro Bowl share granted to the loser is also the highest it has ever been, every player will be received $42,000.
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Do college bowl winners get rings? ›

America's football nation grinds closer to college and pro playoffs, and after the 2023 College Football National Championship game and Super Bowl LVII, two select groups of players will receive a singular piece of jewelry, the championship ring.

Who is the lowest paid Division 1 football coach? ›

The highest-paid coach in college football in 2021 is Alabama's Nick Saban, who at $9,753,221, is making $9,323,221 more this season than ULM's Terry Bowden, the lowest-paid head coach in the FBS at $430,000.

Do bowl games make money? ›

Conferences earned a total profit of $448 million from bowl games during the 2017-18 college football postseason, according to NCAA documents obtained by USA Today, with most revenue stemming from the College Football Playoff and major bowl games such as the Cotton Bowl.

How will the new 12-team playoff work? ›

The 12-team playoff format will be made up of the six conference champions that the committee has ranked the highest, plus the six highest-ranked teams which aren't among the conference champions.

How does the new playoff system work? ›

What is the new format? MLB will implement a 12-team playoff bracket, featuring six teams from each league, rather than last year's format with 10 teams (five from each league). Each side of the bracket will have three division winners and three wild-card teams.

How does the new playoff bracket work? ›

NFL playoff bracket 2023

The NFL playoff bracket will feature seven teams on each side of the bracket. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye while the other six teams play wild-card games.

Do athletes get paid for playoffs? ›

Players don't get paid their salaries during the playoffs since those are based on the 18-week regular season.

How much do the players on the losing team get paid at the Super Bowl? ›

Players on the losing team receive $82,000 per player. The amount increases each year. Last year, winning players made an extra $150K. Super Bowl winners also receive a championship ring, which are generally valued between $30,000 and $50,000 (although collectors might pay much more).

Do football players get paid weekly? ›

NFL teams pay their players weekly during the 18-week season. Each of the league's 32 teams plays 17 games during 18 weeks with one "bye" week off. Salaries usually include conditions that can affect payments, such as whether they miss games due to injury.

Do players get extra money for making the playoffs? ›

It's not just the big game -- players are paid extra for games through the postseason. For the 2022-23 NFL playoffs, Wild Card teams are paid $41,500 and division winners are paid $46,500 for Wild Card games.

How much does a player get paid for winning the Super Bowl? ›

A player gets $82,000 for playing in the game but not winning. The $153,000 one receives for winning includes the $82,000 that is earned for simply playing in the game. The difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl is nearly twice the rookie minimum per-game salary from the 2022 NFL season.

Do NFL players get paid extra for Super Bowl? ›

Making it to the NFL's championship game also comes with a guaranteed bonus in players' paychecks. Teams have an extra incentive to make it to the Super Bowl beyond championship bragging rights: Players who make it to the postseason are guaranteed some extra cash.

How much does each SEC team get? ›

The SEC on Thursday said revenue rose to $777.8 million during the 2020-21 fiscal year -- an increase of $120.1 million from the previous year. The money will be divided equally among the conference's 14 schools. Excluding bowl expenses, each school will receive roughly $54.6 million.

How much money does each school get from the SEC? ›

The SEC announced its revenue distribution for the 2021-22 fiscal year on Thursday, revealing that it doled out a total of $721.8 million among its 14 members. That's an average of $49.9 million per school.

How does the Big Ten share bowl money? ›

Each bowl-eligible program is given money by the league for expenses; the rest of the funds are placed in a pool and divided equally among the membership. This is the final year of the current cycle.

Do Pro Bowl players get a bonus? ›

Pro Bowlers can expect to receive their bonus pay within 15 days, according to the agreement. Under the current CBA, Pro Bowl winners are set to receive $116,000 and losers $58,000 in compensation by 2030.

How much does the Pro Bowl MVP get? ›

Kyle Rudolph with the Pro Bowl MVP trophy in 2013.
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How much money does the winning Super Bowl coach get? ›

Do NFL coaches get a bonus for winning the Super Bowl? While all of the players on a Super Bowl-winning team receive cash bonuses for their victory, there is no official bonus structure for NFL coaches who win the Super Bowl.

Do the Waterboys get a Super Bowl ring? ›

The Average NFL Waterboy Gets Paid More Than You, And If Their Team Wins The Super Bowl – They Get A Ring.

How much is a college football ring worth? ›

Unlike Super Bowl rings that can be worth upwards of $35,000 apiece, college football's National Championship rings cannot exceed $415 in value, according to NCAA rules.

Do college bowl rings have real diamonds? ›

Instead, the rings are decked out in “simulated colored non-genuine stones” and “metals that look exactly the same [as gold], but cost considerably less.” Just becuase the rings aren't made of actual diamonds and gold doesn't make them cheap for the schools.

How much is Deion Sanders salary at Jackson State? ›

Link Copied! Deion Sanders, AKA Coach Prime, is leaving Jackson State for Colorado. At Jackson State, Deion Sanders' annual base salary was $300,000.

Who is the highest paid college football player? ›

Bryce Young, Alabama Crimson Tide – $3.4 million

He received the 2021 Heisman Trophy for his outstanding game. Bryce is an extremely talented and quick player. He is able to make his release elongated, and he can throw outside the pocket as he can do it from inside.

Who is the highest paid black coach in college football? ›

Clemson and its head football coach Dabo Swinney agreed to a contract extension through 2031, the school announced Thursday. Another monumental deal for a college football head coach and program, Swinney will earn $10.5 million in 2022 and reach a $12.5 million annual salary by the time his contract expires.

How much does ESPN pay for College Football Playoff? ›

The CFP's current exclusive deal with ESPN reportedly pays an average of $470 million a year through 2026.

How much does a team get for getting into the championship? ›

In the top flight, every club is guaranteed £12.3million for being involved in ten Premier League matches on TV each year. Premier League clubs then receive an extra £1.1m dished out for each game on top of that. Each improvement in position in the Premier League is worth around £2m more for clubs.

Do teams make money in NCAA Tournament? ›

With each game played, a team earns one unit for their conference. For the 2021 tournament, each unit is worth $337,141. That amount is paid to the conference each year for six years starting one year after the tournament (for a total of $2,022,846).
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How does a team get home field advantage during the playoff? ›

The team that finishes with the best winning percentage is the No. 1 seed in the AFC and can choose either a bye or home-field advantage. The No. 2 seed then gets the option the No.


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