Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series
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A team of award-winning sports reporters takes down the Great Satan of college sports: the Bowl Championship Series.
Every college sport picks its champion by a postseason tournament, except for one: Division I-A football. Instead of a tournament, fans are subjected to the Bowl Championship Series, an arcane mix of polling and mathematical rankings that results in just two teams playing for the championship. It is, without a doubt, the most hated institution in all of sports. A recent Sports Illustrated poll found that more than 90 percent of sports fans oppose the BCS, yet this system has remained in place for more than a decade. Built upon top-notch investigative reporting, Death to the BCS at last reveals the truth about this monstrous entity and offers a simple solution for fixing it.
Death to the BCS includes findings from interviews with power players, as well as research into federal tax records, Congressional testimony, and private contracts, revealing:
?The truth behind the "Cartel"-the anonymous suits who run the BCS and who profit handsomely by protecting it
?The flawed math and corruption that determine which teams participate in the national championship
?How the system hurts competition by perpetuating "cupcake" schedules
?How "mid-major" teams are systematically denied a chance to play for the championship
?How a comprehensive sixteen-team playoff plan can solve the problem while enhancing profitability
The first book to lay out the unseemly inner workings of the BCS in full detail, Death to the BCS is a rousing manifesto for bringing fairness back to one of our most beloved sports.
The reality: Those ticket sales—whether handled by Ticketmaster, StubHub, or the game’s ticket office—did guarantee the Outback Bowl and its well-paid officials a handsome profit. The bowl wins. The school and its conference lose. The letter: “Ticket sales directly through our ticket office ranked in the top 15 among sixty-four schools that participated in bowl games last winter and the top 10 of the non-BCS games. We also did quite well compared to our Big Ten peers.” The reality: While Iowa
economic impact is an increasingly dubious concept. Bowl executives now prefer to invite teams with local fan bases to the game. The last two seasons, North Carolina went to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. Hawaii played in the Hawaii Bowl in 2008. The Humanitarian Bowl in Boise selected Idaho in 2009. The local fans deemed less valuable by the Cartel actually anchor ticket sales and stabilize bowl revenue, economic impact be damned. Bowl executives have prioritized their own revenue from
commentators have given credibility to programs such as Utah, TCU, and Boise State,” Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said. Of course, despite how big GameDay and the Internet have made college football, the TV ratings for some of the biggest postseason games remain mediocre, a direct indictment of the one-off nature of the bowl system and the inability of the BCS to deliver the compelling matchups it idly promises. Aside from the title game and the Rose Bowl, which benefits
raising all of college football’s revenues was maintaining the revenue gap between the Big Ten and everyone else. The cause of that chasm: television contracts. Never mind that Illinois ($4.5 million), Wisconsin ($3.4 million), and Minnesota ($3.4 million) used general university funds to balance their athletic department budgets, money that would be more than covered by a playoff bounty. As long as the future of college football was tied to TV, the Big Ten’s position on top of the revenue
2—“. . . up to one-quarter of the proceeds from the games are dedicated to the community . . .”—was a whopper. Before we get to what bowl games give—and it’s frighteningly little—let’s start with what they take. The twenty-three games with records publicly available received $7.5 million in direct government handouts, according to their federal tax filings. That’s straight cash. It doesn’t factor in the estimated millions from police and fire department detail work, traffic control, clean up,