Why BCS Name Change Should Be Meaningless to All College Football Fans
According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the Bowl Championship Series will be officially dead come 2014. Well, the "BCS" namesake, at least:
One source indicated that the old name couldn't be attached to a playoff that will “eventually” be bigger than the Final Four, and second only to the Super Bowl in terms of this nation's sporting events. The term “BCS” simply had too much of a negative connotation. The commissioners couldn't afford for the controversies attached to the “Bowl Championship Series” to accompany major college football's first playoff.
Somewhere out there, some idiot fan is cheering as if this is a great accomplishment. That same idiot likely wouldn't be able to give you the history of the Bowl Coalition or the Bowl Alliance—the predecessors to the BCS.
Unfortunately, the removal of the BCS title is not a victory worth celebrating.
Does the coming name change of the BCS get you excited?
The fact of the matter is, outside of the four-team playoff, not much is changing. The same conferences that have pulled college football's strings for the last half-century will still be pulling the strings moving forward.
If anything, what we have seen through this process is a further consolidation of power—less access, not more.
The ACC and Big East are being cut off at the knees by the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12. Now, instead of six power brokers, the college football world is dealing with a power quartet—four leagues that hold all the cards.
So while clueless individuals are rejoicing over the loss of a brand and a logo, the have-nots will be staring patiently at the table hoping the scraps fall their way.
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