If you still harbor illusions that it’s fans’ perceptions or those of pundits that will drive the four versus eight conversation going forward, you don’t understand what lies at the heart of postseason expansion. Let former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson ‘splains it to you, Loocee:
The College Football Playoff will eventually expand to eight teams within the length of the current contract and be worth at least $10 billion, former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson predicted in a conversation with CBS Sports this week.
Pilson was reacting, in part, to the regionalized nature of Monday’s CFP National Championship between No. 2 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama.
“I think, from a television point of view, any sports executive would tell you he would prefer a team from the different part of the country,” said Pilson, now a longtime sports media consultant.
“The best would be a Big Ten team in terms of the size of market.”
ESPN’s best trumps our best seven days a week and twice on New Year’s Day.
For the first time in the CFP’s brief four-year history, a Big Ten team did not make the field. The Big Ten “footprint” — its dominant area of interest in the Midwest and Northeast — includes a quarter of the U.S population.
Also for the first time, two teams from one conference (SEC) are in the playoff. While that’s a bonanza for the schools, the SEC, the South and the site of the game (Atlanta), one TV consultant said this could be the lowest-rated game in CFP history.
“There will be some people who probably won’t watch it because it’s all-SEC,” said the consultant, who didn’t want to be identified. “It has the potential [to be the lowest rated].”
Low ratings could be one of the stressors that leads the CFP to expand, Pilson said.
Yeah, high blood pressure can be a bitch, Mickey. You wouldn’t want to be stressed.
So don’t waste your breath arguing about the aesthetics of the ideal or fairest playoff pool. It doesn’t matter. In the end, we’ll get what they pay for and be told to like it.