The Win-Win-Win BCS Playoff System: A Victory for Teams, Fans and the BCS
What a purely awful college football season this has been. For everything that is sacred in college football, where is the parody!?
At the end of this season everyone will win; the BCS teams raking in $17 million and the BCS itself making millions in ticket sales, merchandise, and T.V. contracts.
Everyone wins but the fans, who will continue to watch a bowl season that will mirror the regular season. No excitement, no major upsets and what appears to be the SEC (again) versus the Big 12 in the title game.
Even the Ohio State-Michigan game this year, meant little outside the realm of the rival schools. Rivalry Week featured the No. 1 and No. 2 teams (Florida and Alabama) facing FCS teams and slaughtering them.
As ESPN's Ivan Maisel points out, the season was over-hyped.
What happened to college football over the past 10 years that ruined the drama that we once knew?
In the wake of the this weak and uneventful season, colleague Ben Gross and myself have worked throughout the season on a fair system to all parties.
The system, is a 32-team playoff system designed to eliminate conference ties, BCS lobbying for at-large spots and maximize fan interest throughout the postseason, not just in the final week.
In our minds, if designed correctly, the BCS could transition into a playoff system and not lose the revenue, while the teams and fans get more of a fair shake in the deal.
Fans would get the thrill they have been craving for a tournament battle for the crystal ball. All teams, not just two, will have a legit shot to play in the big game no matter the conference. Take Boise State for example. The Broncos are on the verge of two straight undefeated regular seasons and still might not be in a BCS bowl. A playoff would give them a chance to win it all, without voter bias and computer rankings.
The BCS's winning part would be more money and revenue flowing through the system. Which is all the suits in the BCS care about after all, isn't it?
In the coming installments, I will unveil our plan to successfully convert the current BCS into a playoff system using basic common sense and business tactics. The 2008 season will be used as the model season for this system.
The plan comes in following steps:
Step 1) Making the playoff cut, seeding, and determining matchups.
Step 2) Location of games by round and BCS site rotation.
Step 3) Configuring T.V. contracts and a look at ratings.
Step 4) Ticketing and Attendance.
Step 5) A round-by-round payout system.
Step 6) A look at the 2009 Bracket.
If you happen to miss any installments, please check my profile page. For headline restrictions reasons, the installments will be named: BCS Playoff Part One, Part Two, etc.
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