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Old 04-30-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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BCS rejects playoff proposal

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Saying the BCS was in an "unprecedented state of health," ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday that college football will not change the way it determines its national champion as it prepares to begin negotiations for future television contracts that will probably run through the 2014 season.

"We will move forward in the next cycle with the current format," said Swofford, who serves as BCS chairman. "I believe the BCS has never been healthier in its first decade."

The decision, made during a five-hour meeting of 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White at an ocean-front hotel here, wasn't unexpected. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said earlier this week that he remained opposed to the plus-one format, which would have seeded the top four teams in the final BCS standings and match them in two semifinal games and the winners playing in a national title game.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive made the plus-one proposal Wednesday morning but said there was little support among the commissioners. In fact, Slive said only he and Swofford showed much desire in seriously pushing forward the proposal.

"There isn't support among the commissioners at this point to move forward with this proposal as we move into the next cycle," Slive said. "There's no doubt in my mind that the discussions had value and it's important that we know exactly what we're going to do with the next cycle."

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said his league's member schools voted in March not to support any changes to college football's postseason.

"There's a strong feeling in the Big 12 that what we have is working well," Beebe said. "There's great satisfaction with the regular season and the postseason."

The concern about a playoff among college football's leaders is that it would make football a two-semester sport and would lessen the importance of a regular season that now has a do-or-die feel to it from week to week.

Also complicating matters for the BCS is the Rose Bowl's separate TV deal with ABC, which runs through the 2014 bowls.

The BCS' TV deal for the rights to the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta bowls runs through the 2010 bowls. Negotiations with Fox on the next deal will begin in the fall.

The Bowl Championship Series was implemented in 1998 after the Big Ten, Pac-10 and Rose Bowl agreed to join with the other five major conferences and three marquee bowls to create an annual national title game involving the top two teams in the country after the regular season.

While the BCS has created championship games that never would have happened under the old bowl system, it's been far from perfect. For the many college football fans desperate to see a playoff that would crown a more definitive champion, the BCS has been a target for their angst.

Almost every season, there's been some dispute leading into the championship game about whether the BCS selected the two most deserving teams.

Last year, Georgia fans were the loudest to complain when the Bulldogs were left out of the BCS title game in favor of LSU and Ohio State.

In past years, undefeated Auburn was left out of the national title game after the 2004 season in favor of Southern California and Oklahoma; Nebraska reached the championship game after the 2002 season, despite getting blown out in its final regular-season game.

The idea behind the plus-one is to alleviate some of the controversy by sending four teams into the postseason with a chance to win the national championship.

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Old 04-30-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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It's a sedated victory...of course. While we've avoided the playoff for four more years the dreaded BCS still exists. Hansen and Delany need to start a dialogue on disbanding the BCS and watching the other conferences suffer when the Rose Bowl does the same.
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Normally I'm not an advocate of government busybodies getting involved in sports-related matters, but in this case I'm strongly tempted to make an exception.

And what if the BCS does violate antitrust laws?
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I honestly think a playoff is an inevitability. It will happen, eventually.
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The only way it happens is if TV forces it to happen. As long as bowl games are willing to cut 7 figure checks to the teams and conferences involved then there is no real incentive for the powers that be to change the system. It is all about generating revenues for the schools and conferences participating in the bowl games and as long as they keep finding well heeled sponsors to finance bowl games and the payouts keep rolling in then there is no impetus for them to look into changing things up. I really do not think they care that much if the fans want a playoff or not.
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The bowl games may not care now, but if the fans stopped watching the bowls, and stopped going to them then they would have to find a way to get the fans back, and everyone knows what the fans want. We want a playoff. Of course the problem is the fans would never have a mass boycott of the bowl games.

Jim Delany needs to take the skirt off and be a man. He knows a playoff system would be beneficial to College football. If Delany is so serious about wanting to win a Championship he should be begging for a playoff. Hell it might give Ohio St. a chance. If they made to the national championship game, they would face an opponent who had been beat up the week before and not coming off a month of rest.
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The bowl games may not care now, but if the fans stopped watching the bowls, and stopped going to them then they would have to find a way to get the fans back, and everyone knows what the fans want. We want a playoff. Of course the problem is the fans would never have a mass boycott of the bowl games.
Nobody really attends or watches 80% of these games as it is already. Have you never seen the pre-New Year's games? The stadiums are half full and the majority of them are on cable for a reason. I don't watch many of them and the ones I typically do watch are ones that have teams of local interest for me. I'll watch if someone like NC State, Wake Forest, UNC, etc. is in them or I might watch if there is a particular player I am interested in seeing and have not had a chance to do so during the year, but I could care less about a bowl game between Utah and Navy or Florida Atlantic and Memphis and I cannot say really no anybody that does care about a majority of these games.
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If a playoff system ever does become a reality in college football, the lesser bowl games will continue to be played, standing in relation to college basketball's NIT the same way the playoff itself would stand in relation to the NCAA basketball tournament.
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I think one way we could get a playoff is if one of the Top tier Big 10, or Pac-10 teams refused to play in the Rose Bowl. Granted that will never happen, because there is too much money in it, oh wait, the other teams from the conference get paid too. Hell if all the colleges that wanted a playoff boycotted the BCS, then that might ring a few bells, maybe get somebody to change their minds and really look at a playoff system.
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That will never happen. Even the colleges who "want a playoff" benefit from the system. They're not going to boycott to make a statement and cost themselves millions of dollars. I'm sure their conferences wouldn't be very happy about that.

ESPN is slowly destroying sports, and college football more than any other.
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The only way it happens is if TV forces it to happen. As long as bowl games are willing to cut 7 figure checks to the teams and conferences involved then there is no real incentive for the powers that be to change the system. It is all about generating revenues for the schools and conferences participating in the bowl games and as long as they keep finding well heeled sponsors to finance bowl games and the payouts keep rolling in then there is no impetus for them to look into changing things up. I really do not think they care that much if the fans want a playoff or not.
Doublee. You are right on. Just follow the money. There will always be companies wanting to put there name on a football event. There will never be a playoff like there is in in the NFL and other sports.

And as far as the government getting involved, that's the last thing we want to happen.
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