It will be interesting to see if the NCAA decision to have the playoff games on New Year’s Eve harms area restaurants for the normal New Year’s Eve dinner reservations.
All of this is being dictated by the Rose Bowl which the NCAA demands be held on New Year’s Day at 5 pm every year no matter how bad it is for everyone else. All game scheduling is backed into that time slot for a game that only the fans of the teams playing care much about. The NCAA has always been high-handed and indifferent to the rights of players and coaches, but this level of deference to the “grand-daddy of them all” broadens that indifference to all football fans.
New Year’s Eve is (this year anyway) a stay at home and watch TV night.