The Great Divide

Two BCS stories:

  • Hawaii gets around $4.4 million for its Sugar Bowl appearance whipping, a record payout for a non-BCS conference school. Each member of its conference receives a little over $400K. In comparison, the SEC receives $17 million.
  • Meanwhile, Michael Adams has been told to “talk to the hand” by another NCAA committee, the Task Force on Commercial Activities in Intercollegiate Athletics, which chair had this to say about Adams’ fabulous playoff proposal: “There was no sentiment within the group for focusing on postseason football issues, and thus I do not expect that subject to come up again in any significant way..” Not surprisingly, Adams was unavailable for comment about this.

Here’s the thing. The SEC received twice the payout from the Sugar Bowl than the WAC did; you’ve also got to figure that the TV revenues that the SEC gets paid during the regular season dwarfs what the WAC earns by several orders of magnitude. Toss in this:

… However, Spanier doesn’t think there will be change to the BCS format anytime soon. “I think it highly unlikely that the ‘plus one’ concept will be explored by the BCS at this time, since the conferences and (their) member universities are committed to our current television contracts, which run for a few more years,” Spanier wrote.

The BCS will be entering its third year of a four-year agreement with Fox. ABC has a separate contract with the Rose Bowl through the 2014 game. The biggest plus-one opponents remain the Pacific-10 and the Big Ten, because of their relationship with the Rose Bowl.

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford, the BCS coordinator, has said the BCS must decide this year on whether changes will be made to its format because of upcoming television negotiations regarding post-2010 bowl games.

and it’s pretty obvious what’s driving the D-1 football postseason train right now.

So here are three questions to ponder over the next few years as this gets wrestled over:

  • How much leverage do the non-BCS conferences have in shaping this debate?
  • How badly do Fox and Disney want a D-1 football playoff?
  • How concerned are the presidents and commissioners in the BCS conferences about not killing the golden goose?

Notice there’s nothing in there about the fans.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness

4 responses to “The Great Divide

  1. dean

    What disturbs me most about the BCS is it’s going to be on Fox for at least two more friggin’ years.

    Out of the 17 million paid to the SEC what was Georgia’s cut?

    “How badly do Fox and Disney want a D-1 football playoff?” Not as badly as they wanted Hawaii to beat Georgia.


  2. What disturbs me most about the BCS is it’s going to be on Fox for at least two more friggin’ years.

    The operative phrase there being “at least”. Keep in mind that Fox has an exclusive negotiating window with the BCS it gets to exercise next year. I doubt it gives up the rights; it’s a good opportunity to preempt Disney.

    The question is, what will Fox want in return for the (presumably) bigger bucks?


  3. dean

    “Coming TV negotiations require a resolution to the BCS debate sooner rather than later. Fox, as the incumbent, will get the first seat at the negotiating table with the BCS this fall, but ABC is expected to make a robust charge to regain those rights…”

    I guess the silver lining if Fox retains the rights would be they can only improve (hopefully).


  4. Ally

    Hawaii gets $4.4 mil for “playing” in the Sugar Bowl. So by my calculations that’s a little more than $100,000 for every point allowed! lol. Not bad for 5 hours of a nationally televised ass whoopin.