is the BCS and the History of Bowl Alliances?
We need go no further back than 10 years at a maximum to analyze the history of the alliances of bowls.
FIVE different systems in less than TEN years!
Anyone stating reservations against the implementation of a Div. IA college football playoff due to current contractual obligations is either ignorant to the facts or simply declaring falsehoods for the sake of confusing the issue. Clearly, it has been shown that network contracts may be nullified and/or changed, even to the detriment of selected networks, at the discretion and whim of those currently in control of IA college football.
Tweaking the BCS
In 2000, nearly a dozen schools have rearranged their
non-conference games, in effect dumbing down their schedules to avoid teams that
can give them a loss to factor into the BCS formula.
And why not? The difference between an at-large BCS bid and a premiere
non-BCS bowl invitation is about $12 million, according to last year’s bowl
payoffs. Do the math.
BCS encourages quality teams to not extend themselves.
It’s all B.S. ABC’s Big
Choice. Clearly one of the problems with this trend is the loss of
compelling contests to televise during the early part of the college football
Big Ten choices for September 2nd:
Tennessee State at
at Penn State
How would you like to be ESPN and ESPN2 and get the
second or third choice from this? The
following week, ABC and FOX will show three games from the Big 12:
Arkansas State at Oklahoma
Louisiana Lafayette at
North Texas at Texas Tech
It looks like we might see some bad TV in September
and bad TV leads to bad ratings and shrinking TV contracts.
And TV contracts finance college football.
More importantly, scheduling for mismatches hurts the integrity of
college football by reducing the opportunity for one important factor,
competition. Fix the formula.
Bowl Alliance Awards contract to ABC Sports
In a major setback for CBS Sports, college
football’s Bowl Alliance has awarded the Rose Bowl and three other major bowl
games to ABC Sports in a $500 million, seven-year rights deal.
The new deal will essentially nullify a six-year rights deal that favored
Alternate Acronyms for the BCS
ü Blatantly Corrupt System
Because ABCS would be too obvious.
What a bunch of BCS!
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