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Just the Right Time for BCS Intervention

12.10.09

Congress wants to tackle the problem of the BCS and force a playoff for FBS (formerly Division 1-A) college football.

Some say that there are far more important issues to tackle at this time, what with 10% unemployment, a struggling economy, and American forces fighting two wars.  But, this is such an unwinnable argument as there will always be more important things to do.  Just ask someone who doesn’t exercise enough as they should.  Always the excuse of important things to do that just don’t give them enough time to squeeze in the 30-minutes of cardio.

On the contrary, I’d say this is a great time to do something about the totally unfair BCS.  In terms of the economy, it has a noticeable impact.  This isn’t just for bragging rights and the ability to say definitively, “We are the champions!” Like everything, it’s about money.  It’s about the top six conferences – the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac-10, and Big East – guaranteed to have at least one of their teams in the big money bowls – the Rose, Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar – where even the loser of the championship game takes home nearly $20 million, while the other conferences have all sorts of rules that essentially prevent them from making it in. This is why when TCU and Boise State make their way in – as they have this year and were pitted against each other (which some consider a slap in the face) – they’re called “BCS Busters,” because they beat the system that doesn’t want them there.  To let those outside schools into the game, the Big Six would have to actually produce quality teams that could truly compete at the national level year in and year out versus just dominating within their own conference and getting a free pass to a multi-million dollar, postseason berth.  They want to be able to still play on the national stage and reap the publicity and TV ratings even if they have a weak team that gets blown out whenever they show up in January.

It’s the best time to expose the financial unfairness of the BCS and how it discriminates against smaller schools because there will always be something else arguably more important, more timely, and more deserving of our attention.  The old adage is that any team can beat any other team on any given day.  Let’s change the system and find out who really deserves the national title by settling it out on the gridiron.  Now is as good a time as any.

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