Deregulation is just another word for more money.

The Big 12, which is a ten-team league that plays a round-robin schedule, is chafing under the repressive rule of Da Man.  At least that’s what its commissioner is saying.

“At a time when lots of deregulation is taking place, it seems a little bit odd that the NCAA would be describing how we determine our champions,” Bowlsby said Wednesday night, when he watched the Iowa State-Oklahoma State men’s basketball game.

“I think it’s reasonable to say if you’re going to have a champion that you’re going to have to designate it in one fashion or another. But to say it has to be between 12 schools or that there has to be divisional play or there has to be a round-robin, we’re deregulating lots of things and that certainly is a candidate.”

Freedom, bitchez!

This, of course, is utter nonsense.  Bowlsby just wants the extra revenue a conference championship would pull in.  Never mind that it would make the regular season meeting between the two finalists essentially meaningless – we fans should bask in the warmth of knowing that the heavy boot of NCAA repression was lifted and that conferences like the Big 12 could run as they damn well see fit.  Because that’s what college football is all about.

Hey, look at the bright side.  If the two teams split the two games, maybe they could face off again in the postseason for all the marbles.  Rematches are awesome if they pay well enough.

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6 responses to “Deregulation is just another word for more money.

  1. This really annoys me. The Big XII has the perfect set-up right now in terms of determining a true champion. Each team plays every other team in the league and the team with the best record in the end is the conference champion. So naturally, they want to fuck it up by giving the second-place team a shot at the winner.

    I get that money is the driving factor here, but is there anything that these people won’t do for money? I’m sure that the English Premier League would make more money if they had a four-team playoff at the end of the season to determine their champion, but they don’t do it because they choose to award their title to the most deserving team. And the EPL is famously commercially-motivated, as evidenced by the fact that they floated a plan a couple years ago to add a 39th match for each team and play those matches all over the world as a way to increase international interest.

  2. I love the idea of removing the requirement for divisions and round robin play within those divisions. It’d allow for truer “national quarterfinal” type games in conference championships, where the top 2 in a league would face off for a spot in the Menage a Quatre. And for the SEC specific, it’d allow us to reset schedules in to a pod-like fashion. Everyone could have four yearly opponents, while rotating across the rest of the league. That would allow Tennessee/Bama, and Auburn/Georgia rivalries to be saved while the East/West complaints like LSU/Florida, SC/A&M, that don’t share such gloried histories to go away. I think removing the divisional round robin requirement would be of great value to Slive and his scheduling.

  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The only reason that the SEC went to 12 teams with 2 divisions of 6 teams each in the first place was to get a conference championship game. If the NCAA gives the Big 12 a conference championship game without the Big 12 having 12 teams or more with 2 divisions I vote that the SEC kick USCe, Arkansas, aTm and Mizzou out of the conference, start playing a round robin schedule and petition the NCAA for the same waiver as the Big 12. That would solve all the SEC scheduling problems. The SEC would have a 9 game conference schedule and all teams would play each other every year. As far as I am concerned the 4 teams named above are interlopers anyway.

  4. Comin' Down The Track

    Sounds like a case of chirping “Free Market!” until the so-called Free Market determines that your product sucks, and then it’s all “Commahnists!”, “Soshlists!”
    Please. You made your bed with Texas. Now, no one wants to be in bed with you or in a conference with Texas and their ill-gotten, hoarded millions. So, now your conference can’t attract enough schools. Free Market, indeed.
    Now, go away or I shall taunt you a second time-ah.

  5. Dog in Fla

    The Big 12 is on it with Luck on the money as soon as “the heavy boot of NCAA repression” is lifted

    http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/10/big_12_to_study_what_ncaa_migh.html