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Why Congress has no business meddling with the college football playoff system

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Congress is at it again, battling unfairness wherever it pops up. This time, it's taking on college athletics, a world in which a conniving cartel spins backroom deals and then foists injustice on vulnerable football fans.

Who but politicians could stand up to these bullies? No worries, though. The collegiate football business, we are told, has interstate commerce implications, so the Constitution allows busybodies to regulate it.

Leading the charge is Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican—the party that doggedly refuses to stick its nose into other people's business unless that business leads to gruesome things, such as skewed playoff systems. Barton has decided that Congress should try to eliminate the Bowl Championship Series.

"It's time," Barton explained on the day the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee passed the bill with an easy bipartisan vote, "for the backroom bullies of the BCS to replace the current system with a playoff that's fair and open to all teams. … Let's determine the college football champion on the field of play, four downs at a time."

We've not seen such nauseating sports-related preening from Congress since the Subcommittee on Assaulting Taxpayers' Intelligence and Home Runs—or some such thing—berated Major League Baseball sluggers for their Lou Ferrigno-like physiques.

Yet Barton is not alone in his concern. President Barack Obama and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), are just two of the other high-profile politicians who have spoken out against the BCS system.

Barton's bill would, among other things, prevent the Bowl Championship Series from marketing a postseason game as a "national championship" unless it was the result of a fair playoff system open to everyone.

Why stop there? That's the question. Why, for instance, has Major League Baseball been allowed to manipulate us with this "World" Series claptrap for the past century when it refuses to open the competition to Venerables y Brujos de Guayama or even the Savannah Sand Gnats? Isn't that unfair?

The Oakland Raiders still exist. Is that fair? Phoenix has a professional hockey team, but Vermont has nada. Fair? Sports can't always be fair. It can't be open to everyone. But it should be entertaining.

Barton (not entertaining) explained that this year's testimony from college bigwigs had been "more cogent than four years ago, and it is much more open about why the bowl system exists—and it is money."

Really? Money, you say? College football generates millions of dollars and operates through interstate commerce. Isn't that why Barton claimed to have a government interest in the BCS in the first place?

Of course it's about money. Many bowls will feature strong teams that the public has a desire to watch. Now, I don't mean to offend any sports fans, but there are schools that create anticipation and drive ratings across the country. And then there are teams from Utah.

"It's like communism; you can't fix it," Barton went on after the testimony. As a person who frequently and recklessly refers to his political opponents as Marxists, I would remind the congressman that in communist nations, sports were under the management of politicians.

Come to think of it, communists always are whining about unfairness. They always are nattering about the ills of money. Communists tend to do a lot of their best work on "committees," as well.

Should college football bowl matchups hinge on an intricate computer program? Should Alabama and Texas be playing in the championship game? Should TCU or Boise State be ignored?

I have no clue. What I do know is that schools and fans, not some Commie committee in Washington, should be the ones making those sorts of decisions.

David Harsanyi is a columnist at The Denver Post and the author of Nanny State. Visit his Web site at www.DavidHarsanyi.com.

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  1. Didn’t the 11-5 Patriots not make last year’s playoffs, despite beating BOTH teams in the NFL championship game?

    We should ban playoffs and bowls and have league champs decided by the only fair system available – Congressional vote.

    1. No, they didn’t. The Steelers beat them 33-10 at Gillette.

      1. I stand corrected. They still killed Arizona.

      2. Whatever, they were more deserving than the Chargers that year who snuck in because my Chiefs team was unable to recover an onside kick while the Broncos stumbled in the last month.

        1. McNair is trying to turn Houston into Denver South (Texans’ coaches come from Denver, their uniforms are identical save for red replacing orange, they can’t run block worth shit, etc).

          1. I left off “draft finesse players then try to ram the ball down the opponent’s throat in a show of false machismo”.

            Not that I’m bitter.

            Come back Bud Adams, all is forgiven.

        2. Hmm. Except that they got waxed by three touchdowns in their head-to-head with San Diego last year.

        3. It’s tough being a Chiefs fan these days.

    2. Randy Moss will never get a ring. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

    1. Hook ’em. We were robbed last year. Now if that catch by Tech had happened in a playoff game, that fluke would have been perfectly fair……

      1. hehe, tell that to Auburn’s 2004 team. I’m glad we finally got that gator off our back, just hate we have to wait a month to see it go down.

        1. I like what Julio Jones said: “He’s a great football player, but man we’re tired of him.”

    2. Roll Tide

      I have to say Amen to that!

      (I tried to do a simple amen but the farkin squirrely language nazi didn’t recognize it as engrish)

      1. I’m in, too. If it can’t be UF, then Bama taking the title is the next best thing.

      2. I thought Ozark was War Eagle country, but I’m glad you are on board.

        1. Ozark? I have nothing to do with southern Alabama. I was born in northern Alabama during the Bear Bryant years.

          Of course, I went to college at UF, which trumps all of that.

          1. Damnit! I hate threaded comments. I was commenting to Ben.

        2. WTF is a “war eagle?”

          1. Some sort of battle cry that has nothing to do with “Tigers.”

    3. It’s rollin’ baby, it’s rollin’!

    4. Around the bowl and down the hole…

  2. I really don’t need the title explained to me. Somethings are obvious on their face. This is one of those things.

  3. Reagan was the man. On or off field.

  4. “Why stop there?”

    Please, don’t give them any more ideas…. for the love of Ishtar.

    1. I wouldn’t mind if they looked into why women’s beach volleyball players wear so darned much clothing.

  5. Anyway, I’d rather have Congress working on ways to fix college football than ways to fix the economy. So I guess there’s a silver lining here.

    1. You can say that again

      1. Anyway, I’d rather have Congress working on ways to fix college football than ways to fix the economy. So I guess there’s a silver lining here.

        1. You can say that again

    2. Not a bad idea. I’d be in favor of Congress working full-time on this playoff problem for the next couple of years.
      reply to this

      1. I’m blaming the squirrels. That’s my story.

      2. Just have to say that Bama’s income is up something like 40% over the last 3 years. I don’t want congress messing with that.

    3. Came here to say this…

  6. Anyway, I’d rather have Congress working on ways to fix college football than ways to fix the economy. So I guess there’s a silver lining here.

    1. You can say that again

    2. Not a bad idea. I’d be in favor of Congress working full-time on this playoff problem for the next couple of years.

  7. I think we should give the power to some honest politician to appoint a competent Football-Champion-Czar who awards the championship to the best team. Then we have more freedom because we don’t have to watch any more games.

    1. I’d like to nominate Lou Holtz.

      1. Why? You want Notre Dame to be permanent national champions?

        1. that’s how ESPN pretty much ranks ’em out of the gate every year…

        2. Golden Domers already think they are.

    2. And when the Champion-Czar names the Detroit Lions as winners of both the World Series and the NBA finals, we should hold The One who appointed him in awe.

    3. 100 reasons why Geri Halliwell will be the perfect Football-Czar:

      1. She’s English, so she knows a lot about football.
      2. She’s not a US-citizen, so she’ll be objective.

      Feel free to add the other 98 reasons.

    4. I think it should be someone from Chicago. Maybe with a Harvard degree.

    5. I think it should be someone from Chicago. Maybe with a Harvard degree.

  8. Should college football bowl matchups hinge on an intricate computer program? Should Alabama and Texas be playing in the championship game? Should TCU or Boise State be ignored?

    These are all valid questions, ones which Congress is singularly ill-equipped to answer.

    Isn’t Joe Barton from Texas? TCU wouldn’t happen to be in his district, now, would it?

    1. This will all crack when a hacker releases emails from the BCS committee in which they suggest a “trick” to downgrade TCU and Boise.

      They will also be unable to produce the raw data that they fed into their computer model. Instead they will continue to insist that their “value added” power rankings are valid.

      Skeptics became suspicious when the BCS computer program put the Minnesota Golden Gophers into the national championship game. After delving into the raw data, it was discovered that the statistics from the 1934 Gopher team (the first of 6 national championships for MN) was substituted in for the 2009 season. BCS employees blamed outsiders for the mistake.

    2. Barton represents the area around Waco per wikipedia, and is an Aggie per a comment on a different thread

  9. If TCU had more alumni in the TX state legislature when the SWC dissolved, they’d be in the Big 12 South instead of Baylor and this wouldn’t be an issue.

    Politics created the problem.

    1. Well, really the Mountain West should be an AQ conference anyway. There are no remaining Big Ten fans under the age of 80, so soon they will all die off and we can finally get rid of the Big Ten to make room for the MWC.

      1. Are you kidding? Ohio State, Michigan and Penn St. are iconic programs. Plus, Ohio St. could school the entire MWC on the gridiron.

        1. Plus, I can tell from your comment, Spartacus, that you’ve never been to Ohio Stadium. Might I also suggest that you look up the seating capacities of te Big House, Ohio Stadium and Beaver Stadium (State College).

          1. Does the Big Ten play football anymore?

            1. The Big Ten plays football on your face.

              1. I guess, Art, if you’re talking about soccer.

            2. Not very well.

        2. “iconic” = was really good 40 years ago.

          Seriously, though, I love watching Big Ten football. Everything happens in slow motion so you can really watch the plays develop.

          1. Yeah, 40 years ago like when OSU won the title in 2002 or Michigan in 1997 (they got screwed in that “split title” bullshit)

      2. I’d miss the Big Ten a lot, since half of my players come from its schools.

  10. College football lost it’s soul when they started playing overtimes. It’s just as easy to track W-L-T records as W-L. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, then it’s a tie game.

    This obsession with crowning a national champion is just a manifestation of how the fans become increasingly ignorant over the years. The old bowl system was great. It made for some excellent games to watch and raked in a few extra dollaros. Then the fans and the sports writers could argue all through the summer about who was the best.

    1. Tying’s like kissing your sister.

      1. Yes, it is. But it’s a hell of a gut check, and it beats the hell out of the abortion that is college football overtime.

      2. Does it count if you pay her what she usually gets?

        1. dude, it’s family. It’s even worse if you have to pay for it.

          1. She’s a pesky free-market type.

      3. That is a mean thing to say about Warren’s sister.

  11. College football lost its soul when they started limiting scholarships. If a handful of good teams could stockpile all the talent, we wouldn’t have arguments about the likes of Boise State.

    1. BSU is pretty damn good. Kellen Moore got screwed in the heisman race IMO.

      1. BSU’s good, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve seen Kellen Moore play and, quite frankly, I was mor eimpressed with Jared Zabransky.

        1. 39 TDs, only 3 ints. Best rating in the NCAA. BSU has an astounding record the last few years. They are also a very young team. I wish they had gotten UF and Cincy played TCU. But I suppose that would have made it possible for 2 non BCS teams to win major bowl games. Can’t have that.

          1. Don’t get me wrong, solid college QB. It’s just that 2/3 of Boise St.’s schedule was dreadful.

            1. BSU fans are the most delusional, arrogant fans in college football right now.

              1. Delusional? Maybe. Arrogant? Are you kidding me? I know multiple Florida fans who are convinced that even after getting thrashed, they’re still the #2 team in the nation. Boise fans aren’t even in the top 5 of arrogance.

                1. I don’t think you’ve spent any time around them. They think they have the right to play for a national title every year despite struggling against a very easy schedule.

                  I’ve been around the college football block a few times, and the sense of entitlement among BSU fans right now tops even that of the Golden Domers.

  12. They should just give everyone a trophy for good sportsmanship and end the season that way so no one’s feelings get hurt.

  13. You know, the sport of Olympic Weightlifting is regulated by the USAW in the US and has about 3000 members. The equivalent organization in China has about 1 million members.

    And people wonder why China is dominating the sport when they can draw from such a large gene pool…they also forcibly “suggest” that certain people compete in the sport.

    Point is, this kind of government interference is exactly what communist governments do. What are they going to do after they fix the bowl system? Are they going to decide which players are which team, to make the teams more even?

    The biggest argument against the play off system is that this isn’t baseball or basketball. Football is very much a contact sport. The future careers of these athletes depend on whether or not they can make it through three years of college football uninjured so they can make it to the pros.

    You have 12 games to prove how good you are. If you don’t make the cut and no one wants to see you play, then sucks for you.

    1. Yes somehow every other football league and division that isn’t tied to the BCS has a playoff…

      1. how many athletes from those divisions go into the NFL draft?

        1. “how many athletes from those divisions go into the NFL draft?”

          How is that question relevant to this discussion?

          1. It’s relevant only to establish that D1 is a special beast.

            In terms of talent, depth, and offensive complexity, D2 and D3 usually have more in common with ueber-elite High School teams than with top-25 D1 schools.

            You can’t get that ready for a theretofore unknown opponent in 2 weeks time, there would be injury/conditioning problems, and then there’s the little matter of education, which gets a short shrift as it is.

    2. “The future careers of these athletes depend on whether or not they can make it through three years of college football uninjured so they can make it to the pros.”

      Not every player from the FBS is going to turn pro. Most of them will NOT turn pro. Regardless, the game is about the TEAM not the individual player.

      I agree that government should stay out of this, but vehemently disagree about not having a play off.

      1. Getting into the NFL is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

        Players leave college as soon as possible because of the risk of getting injured and not being able to go pro.

        If that’s the situation now with 12 game season, what do you think it’s going to be like with a 12 game season plus a 6-8 game play off.

        That’s a downside to the playoff system, in my opinion. I’m also not convinced that the BCS is doing a terrible job. I love March Madness and everything, but I don’t think it would be so great in football.

        1. Also, my team hasn’t been shafted by the BCS system yet, so the debate hasn’t really hit home.

          I think that all the conferences should have a championship game, first. Then at least all the teams will be playing the same number of games.

          If the SEC hadn’t had a championship game, Alabama would’ve had a shot at a national title last year.

          1. Another example of how playing so many games has helped develope great athletes:

            Alabama’s McElroy is an example… played 16 games his senior season at Southlake Carroll HS in TX(16-0)… had backed up another 16-game a season QB in Chase Daniel (his name ring a bell?)…

            Matt Stafford, 1st round draft pick for the Detroit Lions, played deep playoff runs as the QB at Highland Park in TX…

            Colt McCoy had deep runs in the playoffs as a HS QB in TX…

            Case Keenum at Houston went 15-0 his jr season at Abilene Wylie HS in TX (I know, I saw him beat my 14-1 team in the state championship game in Waco that year)

            On top of all of these ‘real’ games, these QBs and receivers are going out and competing in 7on7 during the summer…

            you can say repetition helped develope these players into some of the best…

        2. Everyone always argues about “ohhh nooo we can’t have them playing so many games”… that was the argument 5 years ago as well… since then we’ve added a game (Bama and UT are both 13-0 after confrence championships, UT was 12-0 after the confrence championship in ’05)

          But to satisfy you “we can’t play so many games” folk, we’ll cut the regular season down to 10 games… and instead of getting rid of the BCS rankings we’ll keep them, let them rank the top however many and put the top 8 of those in a playoff… if 9s start whining, 8 and 9 play each other in a play-in game to complete the field… the two that make the final game will be in their 13th game… none added…

          But still, that argument is crap… Colt McCoy’s brother will play in his 16th game (not including one or two scrimmages) this next weekend in Texas’ Class 3A Division 2 state championship… Colt McCoy himself was playing 15 or so games in HS… didn’t hurt his college chances any…

          1. “if 9s start whining, 8 and 9 play each other in a play-in game to complete the field… the two that make the final game will be in their 13th game… none added…”

            okay, if 8 or 9 makes it they would be playing their 14th… that’s just way too much, eh? Oh wait, UT and Bama are playing their 14th in the BcS championship game…

  14. I liked the game better when there were ties, the big conferences went to their designated bowl games, and we all argued about who was really the national champion. Unlike this abomination of a system we have now.

    1. Seconded!

      Under the old system, the voters made their decision about which team was best at the end, when they had all the information.

      Now, the voters make one arbitrary decision, just as before, and they’re less likely to get it “wrong”, because they’re choosing two teams rather than one, but they’re also making their decision with less information, because the bowls haven’t happened yet.

  15. Hatch has had his knickers rumpled up since Utah had an unbeaten season and didn’t get a crack at the championship BCS game. Tough noogies! Perhaps the morons in Washington can create a commission that costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year to administrate a playoff system.

  16. Concering NCAA football overtime:

    Yes, it is. But it’s a hell of a gut check, and it beats the hell out of the abortion that is college football overtime.

    Actually, I like the current approach. Fair, and heartstoppingly exciting, but not too lengthy.

    The only real loss is fewer wrenching go-for-two-or-accept-the-tie decisions.

    Roll, Tide! (The more so because my father has reason to root for UT)

    1. A tie is a heck of a lot shorter than an overtime.

  17. Congress needs to but out because there is no way they’ll settle on the correct system. A six team playoff with one and two getting byes and three hosting six and four hosting five this weekend. Semifinals rotated around the major bowls, on New Year’s day. And the Championship game a week later. Someone try to pick a hole in this one.

    1. I’ve heard that before and it’s my favorite.

    2. Uh, how about Cincinnati and Boise State being so highly ranked, even though their SOS is way outta whack with the major conferences?

      In your system, Boise State would get to go to the playoffs with a SOS of friggin’ 90 and Oregon would get the shaft, even though their SOS was an 11. Ditto TCU (SOS = 75) and Iowa (SOS = 22).

      Not only that, but there are four major bowls, but you only have six teams eligible.

      Anyway, this was just my chance to bitch about everybody’s love for Boise State, who is vastly overrated because of a fluke win against Oklahoma. They play in the Mountain West, for zog’s sake. Can you, without looking, name another team out there?

      1. Correction: BSU plays in the WAC.

      2. Yet BSU beat Oregon, 19-8.

        1. And? Who would you take in a rematch?

          1. BSU of course.

            1. But since Oregon lost 2 games, there won’t be one, will there.

              1. *shrug* I’d much rather be the champion of the PAC-10, as tough as that place was this year, than proudly tout my thumpings of teams like BGSU, Miami of Ohio, Hawai’i and UC Davis.

                BSU is a joke.

                1. A joke that beat the PAC-10 champ? How can that be?

                  1. Again, look at the strength of schedule. If you’re missing it, let me know. One game doth not a championship contender make, unless you’re going to say that Nebraska, without those clock shenanigans the Big 12 pulled, should be in the “hunt” as well?

                    Come now.

                    1. TAO, all I was saying is that the team you are disparaging, calling a joke and such, beat the team you’re bragging on. You can argue any points you wish. BSU beat Oregon.

                    2. I say again…and? BSU has the power to schedule any games it wishes. The games it schedules are telling, much like Notre Dame and their vastly overrated selves (well, not so much any more).

                    3. Lt Dru – sadly, with ESPN around, ND will continue to be overrated (and all those catholics who automatically cheer for ND)

                    4. The PAC-10 is godawful this year. Not sure that’s a measure of much.

                    5. Yes, look at the powerhouse teams Texas beat: Louisiana-Monroe, Wyoming, UTEP, Central Florida, and Baylor. That’s practically a Sun Belt Conference schedule right there.

                    6. AO-“One game doth not a championship … make”

                      Thats why the Patriots are really the SB Champs.

      3. Your beef is with those that rank teams, not the system. As for the bowl games, of the four major bowls two would get to host a meaningful game every other year, and in the off year the Rose Bowl could host it’s traditional meaningless game.

      4. Oregon lost to Boise State this year.

    3. And on what basis do you pick those six teams?

      Everybody assumes that having some kind of extended playoff would eliminate all the controversies from college football, when it will just add entirely new levels of controversies. Heck, Bobby Knight last spring was suggesting making the NCAA basketball tournament a 128 team field because some worthy teams were being left out of the current 64+ setup.

      1. If all 11 conference winners got in, there wouldn’t be any controversy. Win your conference and you get a shot. Add 5 more teams to make it 16.

        I suppose the 6th at-large team would whine and complain, but they would usually be about the 12th or 13th best team in the country, and would have already missed their shot to qualify automatically, by not winning their conference.

        1. The way college football works, the conference winner is not necessarily the team with the best overall record, even in conferences without a championship game. Non-conference games don’t count towards conference standings, though they might be used as a tie-breaker.

          The whining and complaining will be substantial, there is no perfect system. There may be ones that are better than others, but there is not one that will give a result everybody will be satisfied with, especially the fans of power teams with a sense of entitlement.

    4. It’s better than what we have now, but I like mine better…

      Step 1: Keep the government out of it

      Step 1.2 would be to keep the BCS rankings… we can say how much the BCS sucks (and you won’t find me disagreeing so much), but it does do a pretty damn good job of getting the top 10 correct, just maybe not in the right order…

      So you just take the top 8 and put ’em in a playoff… Keep all of your regular Lazy Boy Recliners Bowl brought to you by Lumber Liquidators and the Popsicle bowl games, those give boosts to local econimies, and more football is mo’betta…

      Keep your orange bowls and rose bowls and fiesta bowls and suger bowls etc… and use those for the playoff game…

      This year the playoffs could look like this:

      Round 1, Bracket A

      #1 Alabama vs. #8 Ohio State in the Orange Bowl

      #4 TCU vs. #5 Florida in the Sugar Bowl

      Round 1 Bracket B

      #2 Texas vs. #7 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl

      #3 Cincinnati vs. #6 Boise St. in the Rose Bowl

      After the first round you’d of course be down to 4 teams… the two second round games can be played at two of the existing BCS bowl sites that hosted round 1 games, or two more big bowl games can be added (you know Jerry Jones wants to have the Cotton Bowl be a BCS game at his new Jerry World in Arlington, TX, there’s one, find another)…

      Then the title game can be played wherever… rotate ’em every year…

      Yah 9 might be pissed they don’t get in but it’s still better than what we have now… and who’s to say over time we don’t make #8 and #9 play a play-in game at #8’s field or coin-toss for location to decide the final spot? The NCAA bball tourney does it…

      anyway, there’s my suggestion…

  18. A playoff proves who would win a tournament seeded a particular way played at a particular time. That is fine, it is one way to arrive at a champion, but to argue that it is somehow more correct or fair doesn’t really hold water.

  19. We clearly need NCAA championships settled best of 3 or best of 5.

  20. As soon as Barton started to attempt to interfere with the college football bowl system his right to call the Dems socialists or communists was forfeited.

  21. a 16 team playoff rotated thru the major bowls starting just after thanksgiving.

    conference champs are beyond dispute plus worthy indies & 2d placers.

    1. I’m with you on this. Give every FBS conference champion an automatic berth, along with every team that finished with a perfect record. Then round out the tournament with the best of the remaining teams. If you think the MWC is weak, seed them accordingly. Just let them prove themselves on the field.

    2. So, let’s take this year: do you dip down and grab LSU, even though they would be the third SEC team, or do you take Pitt, because they are in second place in the Big East, but they are ranked 17th?

      Same question when it comes to Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa.

    3. This is essentially what FSC (formerly I-AA) does and there is plenty of controversy over who gets in and who doesn’t. Full disclosure: I am an App. State grad and I follow the Mountaineers in the regular season and playoffs and I vastly prefer how our subdivision does things in comparison to BCS schools.

      We play Montana tonight for the rights to go to the National Championship game-GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!.

      1. Shoudl say “FCS” not “FSC”.

  22. We’ve not seen such nauseating sports-related preening from Congress since the Subcommittee on Assaulting Taxpayers’ Intelligence and Home Runs

    Would it have been so hard to tweak that acronym from SATIHR to SATIRE?

    Or was Harsanyi trying to give it some Mountain West pronunciation?

  23. There is, of course, always the choice of doing away with the college post season entirely. That way the Army/Navy could come last, the way God intended.

    1. Or you could go back farther to when they played fall & spring, some playing 20 games or more.

  24. Let’s just let the HNIC decide.

  25. College football is a minor portion of sports entertainment, itself a minor portion of all entertainment available to the American public. The BCS bowls probably (TLTG) generates less money than the porn industry.

    Congress feels it needs to micromanage what is a miniscule portion of the entertainment industry.

    The idiots supporting this nonsense will likely get re-elected, buttressing my theory – Americans are a very stupid people.

  26. I googled for y’all. This is the best I could find without working at it.

    The Business Of Smut: What Is It Worth?

    Adult Video $500 million to $1.8 billion
    Internet $1 billion
    Pay-Per-View $128 million
    Magazines $1 billion
    Total $2.6 billion to $3.9 billion

    After a cursory search I could only
    find this
    Top 10 football revenue schools

    1) Texas $47,556,281
    2) Tennessee $46,704,719
    3) Ohio State $46,242,355
    4) Florida $42,710,967
    5) Georgia $42,104,214
    6) Alabama $39,848,836
    7) Notre Dame $38,596,090
    8) Michigan $38,547,937
    9) LSU $38,381,625
    10) Auburn $37,173,943

    ~ 0.4 billion for the 10 biggest players. I’ll multiply that by 5 (rectally extracted) for an aggregate revenue fror Division 1A football revenues. $2 billion.

  27. Wow! So far, not ONE peep from our resident booger-eatin’ big-government cheerleaders on this subject.

    Oh, woe be upon us, Tony hasn’t chimed in. And this being an opportunity to tell us why government *shouldn’t* be involved in changing how college football playoffs are decided. Why, it’s right there in their version of the Constitution!

  28. If we could just get rid of varsity sports, we’d have some bang-up minor leagues.

  29. It’s too bad that no Senator wants to actually improve education standards or anything silly like that (but then, who would they have to support them if they did?)

  30. Dan Wetzel at Yahoo wrote a column recently about the playoff system we should have: 16 teams, with all 11 conference winners getting automatic bids.

    We don’t need Congress to get there, though — the money will be so huge with a real playoff, the BCS is doomed.

  31. Fuck college football and fuck Congress even more for meddling in it.

  32. The best way to do it is to go the UIL (Texas high School football) way and simply kill all the conferences and have 16 new location based conferences. Texas for instance would play in a 9 team conference with: Texas A&M, Tech, TCU, SMU, North Texas, Houston, Rice, and Baylor.

    Making the playoffs would require that you win the highest percentage of your conference games. This would mean that matchups between tough out of conference opponenets wouldn’t be discouraged due to the fact that it doesn’t inhibit your ability to make the playoffs later on. It would sell a lot of tickets just like when two great Texas High Schools play (or when a great out of State team comes to town. See Southlake Carroll vs. Miami Northwestern in 2007. SMU Ford Feild was sold out not even SMU could do that. The game didn’t count against either team for playoff consideration, but it didn’t dissapoint either.)

    In order to make the playoffs you would have to finish 1st or 2nd in your new conference. This would mean a 32 teams playing 31 games total that’s 5 weeks long. The current bowl format has 68 teams in 34 games. So a lot of good teams wouldn’t make it. It would end up being an east coast vs west coast championship each year due to the conferences playing each other’s sister conference in the first round.
    (Example conference #1 Champ vs. Conference #2 runner up. Next week if Conference #1 champ wins and Conference #2 champ losses then, C#1Champ vs C#1RUNNER UP.)

    These games could be home games for the champ or at nuetral sites. When Champ vs. Champ appears the final poll rating would give the higher ranked team the chance to host up until the national championship game which the location of would be awarded like the superbowl.

    Hey, If Texas High Schools can do a 64 team 63 game 6 week playoff system, so can college football.

    This would also localize recruiting meaning a good High School player in a state like South Carolina wouldn’t feel the need to go to a big school far away unless that is what he really wanted. National recruiting would fade a little bit.

    To see what conference your team would play go here: http://s197.photobucket.com/al…..SION1A.jpg

    1. Why would Hawaii play in Oregon’s conference are you stoned?

  33. High School Football Sucks. Their playoff system sucks and your system would encourage teams to coast.

  34. If you go by the BCS rankings a 16 team playoff would likely include Florida, LSU and Virginia Tech.

    These team were already beaten by Alabama this season. Why should they get another shot? Especially Florida which Alabama would have beaten just a week or two before.

    The special magic of College Football is that almost every game sells out, and they generally have good to great ratings. People don’t just watch the team they are a fan of, because what other teams do affect every other team.

    If you have college football have a playoff they you just have another NFL league.

  35. All of these comments arguing about college football and not one person brings up the NCAA’s government-enforced monopoly.

    I’m disappointed in you, H&R.

      1. ‘fraid not

  36. What are the AGW implications? Maybe the EPA should handle this too…

  37. As a guy who lives in Boise, I’ve got some legit complaints about the BCS. However, govmint tinkering with football sounds horrible. Look at what’s happened to baseball with pseudo-gov management and favors.

    Given the lefty-bent of our Federal makeup these days, asking for a probe (with potential legislating) into the BCS is asking for utter disaster. Specifically, I foresee a situation where some feminazi grabs onto the “problem” that Title IX doesn’t include football. Poison pill rider on the BCS Reform Bill anyone? Ugggh.

    The one blessing there though would be watching Obama (by all accounts a “real” sports fan) squirm at why Title IX’ing college gridiron might, well, make not much sense…which would make Rachel Maddow cry a lot and then lash out at her Jesus-analog. Awesome!

  38. 1)Cut the number of Division IA teams to 72.
    2)Six conferences of 12 teams each.
    3)Champion determined by 11 game round robin like the Pac-10.
    4)6 champions are seeded via random draw. Two teams get draws, rotated
    among the conferences.
    5)Bottom two teams from each conference move down to Division IAA, and the top 12 of Division IAA move up to IA. I always liked this from the English soccer leagues.

  39. I’m always shocked by the fact that Congress has the power to regulate sports in the US.

  40. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets

  41. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on..

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