Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series
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With all-new reporting, a completely revised and updated second edition of the bestseller that takes down the Great Satan of college sports: the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
Every college sport picks its champion by a postseason tournament, except for one: Divsiion 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% of sports fans oppose the BCS, yet this system has remained in place for more than a decade.
Building upon top-notch investigative reporting, Wetzel, Peter, and Passan at last reveal the truth about this monstrous entity and offer a simple solution for fixing it. Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated is brought up to date to cover the 2010-2011 season, listing which teams were screwed by the BCS (such as TCU), how much money college football left on the table by not having a playoff (based on 2011 tax filings), and how the calls for the abolition of the BCS grew even louder this past year. The book also includes findings from interviews with power players, as well as research into federal tax records, congressional testimony, and private contracts. 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.
producers had fans sit on one side of the stadium so it looked crowded. Nothing could hide that both teams were financial losers. For $300,000 and a pizza bowl appearance, N.C. State spent $730,000 and Rutgers spent almost $1.2 million. In Rutgers’ case, the school sold just 4,650 tickets, absorbing a loss of $214,000 off the bat. Qualifying for a bowl game triggered bonuses for the coaches, almost $270,000 worth of extra pay for leading the school to a game that resulted in hundreds of
guarantee, part of a $212,125 loss the school took on the BCS game with an advertised payout of $17.5 million. Virginia Tech sold less than 20 percent of its required 17,500-ticket allotment for the 2009 Orange Bowl, according to school documents. The Hokies and the ACC combined to pay full price for 14,158 empty seats to the game. Net loss: $1.77 million. It was part of an epic bath that the Orange Bowl laid on the school. Virginia Tech’s expense allowance from the ACC was $1.6 million. It
hundred thousand dollars to play.” Nine years later, fiduciary responsibility remains little more than a quaint notion. Case in point: In December 2008, losing money was a secondary concern for San Jose State and Florida Atlantic, then both 6-6 after the regular season and chiefly concerned about getting into a bowl game. Their hopes—or perhaps delusions—were that the publicity and visibility associated with a bowl-game appearance would pay off in recruiting, fundraising, and ticket sales. That
dwellers. And for the teams that do succeed in the regular season, the tournament rewards high seeds marginally: no home-court advantage and only a slightly easier tournament draw that, after the first round or two, is a wash. “It is not an apt comparison,” Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said, “because of the number of games.” Football is apples. Basketball is oranges. Delany needs new taste buds. The only similarity between college football and college basketball is that the players
annoying that my colleagues continue to float this idea as though it has merit,” Hansen told Matt Hayes of The Sporting News prior to Slive’s presentation. “If they continue to push it, and try to push us into a corner . . .” Well, Hansen implied, the Pac-10 might have to pull out of the BCS. The mess he helped create was a worthwhile mess until it started assaulting the traditions Hansen purported to hold so dear. His posturing reeked of desperation and futility; Hansen’s ideals had all the