Financial Comparison

In comparing the like products of the National Football League and College Football; aside from a playoff format for the postseason, are there any objective characteristics that make the NFL better than Div. IA college football?


Subjectively speaking, the NFL is said to display a generally greater skill level, as opposed to the more emotionally enthusiastic environment of college football. To side with either skill or emotion, we share a favorite quote:

"Life is 10% what happens, and 90% what we make of it!"

Much more important than what a person or group may have, is what emotions that person or group conveys within themselves or to others. When a particular person is no longer in your life, what is it that you remember them by? You remember how they made you laugh or cry, or made you feel indifferent or confident. Beyond anything tangible, inevitably what only remains are the emotions of the past; and regardless of it’s individual outcomes, the emotions of college football are already etched into our hearts, the hearts of Americans. Now we must simply take action to combine heart with head.

The following is a list of some of the reasons explaining why College Football, with a postseason playoff described in this proposal, would be a better product than the NFL and it’s Super Bowl, currently the most prominent annual sporting event in the world:

•          College football chronicles greater history and tradition.

•          College football has a much larger base of teams [114 or more as opposed to currently 31 for the professional league] and, consequently, a much larger base of fans(customers). Although the NFL has a longer regular season, the large differential of base teams provides college football with a significantly greater number of games(commodity) played throughout each regular season.

•          Comparing the number of postseason games, the NFL holds (11); while the Top 12 and Next 16 formats for college football would generate (26), not to mention the further potential of college football to play (15) additional contests with a tertiary tournament. [This idea is discussed briefly in the section, ‘Latitude’]

 •          One critical factor to consider is the drawing power of individual games, especially those televised nationally or regionally. The NFL, with it’s fewer teams and greater sense of parity especially displayed in latter years, cannot avoid scheduling poor matchups as a part of their on-air broadcast. The strength of programs from year to year in college football is much easier to gauge and, thus, few inferior games are scheduled to be televised. Furthermore, if it appears a poor matchup is on slate for college football, the   vast number of games to be played each weekend above that of the NFL gives many options for substitution.

Finally, let’s look at the numbers.

The NFL receives $2.2 Billion per year in television rights alone!

College football will receive $75 - 100 Million per year for the BCS arrangement.

Concerning this greatest of revenue sources, the above means that the NFL brings in 22 to more than 29 times the amount of college football. Ironically, it appears this enormous discrepancy in earning potential should be biased towards college football. So what is it that truly affects this disparity?

A playoff!

Research has shown that NBA, NCAA basketball, and NFL ratings skyrocket during their appropriate playoffs, as opposed to the insignificant increase in television-ratings during the bowl matches. The opportunity for all NCAA Division IA teams to compete for the national championship would give fans what they desire, players and coaches what they covet, and subsequently provide additional monies of staggering proportions.

Hop aboard ... or gangway, for the inevitable:

National Championship Bowl Tournament

Champions are Determined on the Field


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