A tale of two postseasons…

Mark Schlabach presents two D-1 futures:

… Want to know what the BCS will look like 10 years from now?

For the majority of college football fans, the perfect postseason would look something like this: The sport’s national champion would be crowned after three rounds of a thrilling eight-team playoff, which would fill stadiums from Atlanta to Dallas to Pasadena and captivate millions of television viewers. Notre Dame would no longer be given special consideration, and the expanded Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big East would stage conference championship games — creating a truly level playing field for the first time.

Want to know what the BCS is really going to look like in 2018? (Warning: If you’re a college football fan clamoring for a playoff, close your eyes.)

It’s going to look exactly the same as it does today.

Recent interviews with conference commissioners, head coaches and other college football heavyweights revealed an overwhelming opinion that little or nothing will change in the way the sport determines its national champion between now and the 2018 season.

Personally, I think we’ll have playoffs by then. The squeaky wheel (in this case, the steady media drumbeat for a playoff will drown out those who either oppose a playoff or don’t care) will get the grease eventually.

Plus, I’m a pessimist. And this quote is a major downer:

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who became one of the BCS’ biggest critics after his undefeated 2004 team was left out of the national championship game, said selling tickets for playoff games wouldn’t be a problem.

“I think what will happen is 75 percent of the tickets would be sold to corporate America, just like the Super Bowl,” Tuberville said.

Now that’s something for college football to aspire to. It may not be what we deserve, but it’s what we’ll see in the end – and we’ll be assured that it’s progress.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Media Punditry/Foibles

3 responses to “A tale of two postseasons…

  1. Sam

    I agree with Mark, it will get done by 2018. Primarily because there isn’t one valid argument against it, and the illogical inconclusiveness of such a huge money sport (the only college sport that leaves us in the air) will become more apparent to more and more people.

    Two things need to occur to make it happen: 1.) major donors need to withhold any contributions above what is required for tickets and demand some finality, and 2.) someone shop the TV plaayoff package to all networks and let them bid on it like they do the Olympics with money shared to ALL D1 schools. This will get the small schools on board with the vote and drown out wimps like Gee at Ohio St. (And by the way, if necessary start without Delaney’s Big 11 and/or the PAC 10…..they will come begging for entrance once their fans see them left out. Champions from the other conferences playing it off on the field will have more credibility than the current MNC.)

    Mark has the size right. Eight teams can give us a viable champion within the time frame needed, without compromising the regular season, and allowing the bowls to stay in tact.

    No need to have corporate America dominate the title game like they do the Super Bowl, just demand 40-50,000 prime seats be held for the two teams every year. With a mid-continent dome within reasonable travel distance for all, and two weeks notice for a mid-January date, the stadium will be mostly filled with rabid fans. Any unsold tickets from the schools involved could be sold locally for that year alone. You can bet that companies like Coke, Kraft, McDonalds, Miller, GM, IBM, etc., will buy all the luxury boxes for entertaining customers of that school, or just big customers in general.

    Initial opposition? Of course. Money and logic will overcome the lame arguments in a short period of time. CFB fans need to unite on this and apply pressure to the Presidents who are acting retarded on this issue. Delany needs to be put away anyway as he has been the biggest obstacle to progress in CFB just to maintain his mob-like powerbase.


  2. No need to have corporate America dominate the title game like they do the Super Bowl, just demand 40-50,000 prime seats be held for the two teams every year.

    Sam, I’ve got to give you credit for your sunny optimism.

    A playoff will happen for $$, more than any other reason. We fans will be on the sidelines in terms of the decision making. If corporate America wants to pay for the privilege of a playoff formatted postseason, college football will be happy to accommodate it, and there’s little we’ll be able to do about it.


  3. I’m with you on the seating. Look at the CURRENT bowl seating situation. In most big bowls, the corporate sponsors get all the great tickets.

    Ticketmaster (for BCS bowls) then gets to sell big bowls for 2-3 years at a shot. If you want the National Title game at the Rose in 2009, they want you to buy the ’08 Rose + ’09 Rose + ’09 MNC game.

    And what’s left for the Alumni of the schools in question? Seats at the corners. Many of the corporate and ticket master seats find their way into the hands of the alumni via Stubhub type services.

    But the best seats definitely don’t go to donors.

    UGA got about 20k and Hawaii got about 15k for the Sugar from the bowl. The other 40k landed in our hands after some deck chair shuffling.

    Why would the playoffs be more fan friendly than the current bowls?

    Answer: It wouldn’t.