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The most sensible playoff option I've heard is a "seeded" plus-one. Take the top 4 from the final BCS rankings and have 1 play 4 and 2 play 3 in bowl games, winners meet in the BCS Championship game. This would open it up a little bit to the point that all LEGITIMATE contenders would get in. This would require only 2 teams to play more than one post-season game.
If you're not good enough to make it into the top 4, you're not good enough to be the National Champion.
Obviously the problem would be that a whole bunch of people would NOT CARE whether their team was a legitimate contender or not, and would continously be whinning and crying to expand the playoffs to 16 teams or more. The pressure to expand would be just as great as the pressure to have a playoff is now.
"Hey, hey, hey. A life. A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It's the shit that happens while you're waiting for moments that never come."
Ok, so we solve all these problems that may or may not be solvable.
We assume that we make about the same. (The $880 billion figure is totally ridiculous by the way, that's 5% of the entire freaking US GDP. That's nothing more than a number Delany pulled out his while in hearings.)
Then what's the result? What have we "solved" ? Is the new champion any more legitimate than the old, just because they won their last two or three games? To say that a playoff determines the champion because the champion won a playoff is completely circular. You are really arguing that winning at the end of the season is more important than winning in the season, and is more important than "earning it" in the regular season. That's a subjective argument. Considering that an earlier post granted that the BCS was only "wrong" 3 out of the past 14 times, you can't say that the current system is so broken that any other result is guaranteed to be better. And remember, going to a playoff is easier than going back to the bowls. The reason other sports use playoffs is as much as anything the difficulty of establishing the tradition of a bowl system that college football enjoys.
It's just hard to justify doing away with a unique system in favor of a controversial result with a lot of painful political problems and potentially painful risks along the way, when we can't even agree that the result is any better than what we have.
This post was edited by Huskypup 3 years ago
Ok.... i looked it up.
Delany was quoted at 880 (M)illion.
That's a big difference, Macdaddy7930.
I will say, even if you say "Million", that number seems still high. As I had remembered, the figure is an off-the-cuff answer by Delany to congress. The 16 team playofff nets 15 games, and the figure works out that each playoff game gets about 33% more gross than a current BCS game. I doubt that would really happen. Plus, you have to balance the cost - profit ratio. Current bowl games are about 75% profit. It is difficult to say whether this would be better or worse in a playoff.
Huskypup said... (original post)I will say, even if you say "Million", that number seems still high. As I had remembered, the figure is an off-the-cuff answer by Delany to congress. The 16 team playofff nets 15 games, and the figure works out that each playoff game gets about 33% more gross than a current BCS game. I doubt that would really happen. Plus, you have to balance the cost - profit ratio. Current bowl games are about 75% profit. It is difficult to say whether this would be better or worse in a playoff.
Huskypup said... (original post)
Husky, see my post a few pages back that links to the ad revenue of major sporting events in 2006. The NCAA Final Four and Championship basketball game generated $1.5 BILLION (intentional on my part) just in ad revenue that year. I have no doubt a college football playoff would equal or exceed that easily.
As I mentioned in a previous post, if the money generated by a playoff were distributed equally between all D1 schools, it would easily make up for lost revenue from the cut regular season games and would probably increase annual revenue for every D1 program.
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