ESPN & Dr Pepper Agree to a Six-Year Extension as an Official Sponsor of the College Football Playoff and Presenting Sponsor of the National Championship Trophy

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ESPN & Dr Pepper Agree to a Six-Year Extension as an Official Sponsor of the College Football Playoff and Presenting Sponsor of the National Championship Trophy

Dr Pepper Also Returns with major conference positions, headlined by SEC Official Sponsorship

Dr Pepper, the first official Sponsor of the College Football Playoff – announced in 2014 – has extended its deal with ESPN and the CFP, through 2026. The brand will also continue its presenting sponsorship of the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy as part of its broad commitment to college football and its fans.

The Official Sponsorship Rights represent the highest level of sponsorship and activation. The extension includes Dr Pepper’s renewal as an SEC official sponsor and its long-term commitment with ESPN and the SEC Network. The deal expands upon the original by adding:

  • An extended, six-year deal term.
  • Official sponsorship of the Big 12, including the Championship Games.
  • PAC 12 Championship Game Partner designation when ESPN airs the game.
  • Multimedia presence across ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Audio, SEC Network and the forthcoming ACC Network.

The unique collaboration consists of extensive exposure for the trophy across all of ESPN’s multimedia platforms during the regular season, including stops along the way at marquee games, as well as select ESPN College Football studio shows and SportsCenter. The trophy will also be featured over the course of the postseason and the College Football Playoff, in anticipation of its presentation to the winning team each year at the National Championship Games, through 2026.

“Dr Pepper is synonymous with college football. Since signing on as the first sponsor of the College Football Playoff four years ago, we’ve strengthened that connection exponentially, tapping into the extraordinary passions of fans of both football and Dr Pepper,” said Jim Trebilcock, chief commercial officer for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “We are very proud to be extending our partnership with ESPN and the College Football Playoff for another six seasons, and we’re looking forward to giving our fans more of what they crave in the coming years.”

Said Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, “We are thrilled Dr Pepper has elected to extend its partnership with the College Football Playoff. Dr Pepper’s commitment to college football greatly lends to the promotion of the game and extending CFP brand awareness.”

Added Ed Erhardt, president of global sales and marketing at ESPN, “Dr Pepper is part of the foundation and the fabric of the College Football Playoff era. They’ve been first rate in everything they’ve done with us and the CFP. It has been a true partnership in these first four years. We look forward to working hand in hand with Dr Pepper and the CFP organization to bring fans the most exciting and most compelling College Football Playoff for years to come.”

In addition to supporting ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff, Dr Pepper is the title sponsor of the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, a season-long program that provides tuition-based awards to deserving students across the country.

About Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is the oldest major soft drink in the United States. Since 1885, the 23 flavors of Dr Pepper have earned legions of fans that enjoy its unique, refreshing taste. The brand is available in Regular, Low Calorie, Diet, Caffeine Free and Cherry varieties. DPS is a leading producer of flavored beverages, marketing Dr Pepper and 50-plus other beverage brands across North America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit or For the brand’s latest news and updates, follow Dr Pepper at or

About the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. This season’s semifinals will take place Monday, January 1, 2018, at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Amy Phillips

My responsibilities in the communications group are largely of the Corporate Communications variety. A Midwesterner at heart and a St. Louis Cardinals fan, I am grateful every day to call New York City home. An alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross, I hold out irrational hope that one day the school will recoup some of its former mid-century sports prowess.
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