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Look, I understand we're all big-time fans here. Some here live, breathe, and eat Alabama football and feel an irrepressible compulsion to attend every single game until the day they die. But can we get a grip? Nobody is forcing you to go to either of these games. If you can only afford one, only go to one. It doesn't make sense that potentially playing an extra game is a bad thing. I do agree that having as little as six days to plan what could be a cross-country trip isn't ideal, but think about this for a second.
Under what circumstances will this problem arise? When we're PLAYING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP. This is like the Giants complaining that they get the last pick in the draft. If you can't go to both games, either hedge your bets and plan a semis trip or take a leap of faith and book a room in Dallas (since there's a 99% chance the first championship game is in JerryWorld).
The entire theme of this thread is "now I have to plan for two games instead of one". You don't have to do anything. Similarly, the people in charge don't have to cater to fans who want to go to both games. There will be enough people to go to the games. Of course it's about money; what do you think makes things happen in this country? Call me cynical, but I doubt many of you would turn down the kind of money this is going to generate.
All that being said, I agree with the notion that the championship game will end up like the Super Bowl, with few seats going to actual fans once the corporate sponsors have taken their fill. You won't even get a choice; it's either semis or bust. If anything, THIS is what you should be worried about: that it will be nearly impossible to even GET to the championship game - not that it might come right on the heels of a huge Tide victory.
The semis will sell out. This is a complete non issue. Very few fans will be able to attend 2 post season games that's true. But you know what? 0 fans can attend 2 post season games now.
CFB is popular enough that the semis will sell out due to enough fans in whatever local city of the 2 teams, plus just general college football fans. This is not the weed eater bowl were talking about. It will be a playoff game between 2 top 4 teams. Great matchup great atmosphere etc.
What we have to realize is the fans who are hard core enough and have enough money to travel cross country for even 1 game is a TINY percentage of the overall fan base. You can't design the system around them.
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