Our kindly BCS overlords appear to be freaking out over declining ratings and attendance.
Bill Hancock advises everyone to chillax.
“Every idea is on the table for the future of the BCS, including moving away from midweek games after Jan. 1,” Hancock said. “But it’s too early to speculate about what changes, if any, might be made.
“Certainly there is no leader in the clubhouse. The [conference] commissioners will not make the decision in a vacuum.”
That’s because ESPN abhors a vacuum, dude. There’s a problem, and it’s one that they’re powerless to change, because they’re too firmly latched on to the teat of postseason broadcast money.
“The ratings clock starts clicking down the more you get away from the Rose Bowl,” a bowl source said. “You lose the buzz of a bowl game the further you get away from New Year’s Day unless you have some spectacular matchup.”
They’ll come up with something and slap a playoff label on it, in the hope that we’ll get all excited. And it’ll probably work, at least for a while. But the reality of an extended TV schedule won’t change just because of that. More and more, there’s only one constituency that college football has to keep happy. Hancock’s bosses are too blind, too stubborn or too stupid to see otherwise.