As I read Mark Cuban’s latest suggestion for improving college football, a question popped into my mind. Here’s a guy who’s creative, passionate about the game, wealthy, confident that he has access to significant amounts of capital and experienced in successfully running a professional sports franchise.
So why is he pushing to tweak college football instead of starting a professional college football league that would target kids coming out of high school? If he’s got a half a trillion dollars to toss into a college football playoff, it would seem to me that he could get a pro football league started up for a whole lot less than that and that he could structure its schedule and postseason to meet his ideal format. So why not pursue that?
Could it be that dear ol’ Whattsamatta U brings something of value to the table? Shocking to consider that, I know.
And while I’m throwing this out, here’s something else to consider: what’s stopping the mid-majors from taking up Cuban’s big money playoff proposal right now? Get Arent Fox lobbying and somebody like Sally Jenkins to push it in the media as a fair alternative to the BCS and they’d have something, right? A couple of years of watching the MAC and the Sun Belt settling it on the field while making boat loads of money would be a humbling experience for Jim Delany and Bill Hancock. The BCS would no doubt crumple in the face of such an assault.
Because it’s all about the format.