Ah, BCS negotiations and the Knight Commission. You can probably guess where this is going.
While the conference commissioners continue to determine what college football’s playoff will be in 2014, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has proposed a new — and radical way — of distributing the hundreds of million dollars in new BCS media rights revenue.
The Knight Commission’s report, obtained by CBSSports.com, recommends rewarding the individual schools and not the conferences based on academic standards and not on-the-field performance or market value.
Instead of dividing up the media rights revenues among the conferences, as it’s currently done, the Knight Commission recommends the revenue is allocated to the individual schools. “The Knight Commission wants to ensure that the projected ‘new’ media revenues from the FBS football postseason will be used to further strengthen the educational missions of our universities,” the Knight Commission said.
The proposal was sent to the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners, BCS executive director Bill Hancock and the FBS presidents.
Where I’m sure it’ll get all the serious consideration Larry Scott indicates it’s due.
“It’s noble to keep reinforcing the importance of academic success,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said.
Translation: not bloody likely, pal.
I’ve got a suggestion for the Knight Commission. Since it sincerely believes that “… the implementation of an incentive program for graduation success is consistent with promoting the enduring values that have become a central focus of this new era of reform. One of those values is that academic success must be paramount. The Graduation Success Incentive Fund described above aligns revenues to support and promote that value”, perhaps it’s time for it to come up with its own competitive event which could both be a revenue raiser and a promoter of academic success. It’s not like the market hasn’t tried it before.
I can hear the sound of ESPN cutting a check right now.