I give Brandon Marcello credit for honing in on what’s driving the postseason expansion train. He flat out nails it here:
Why the change of heart? TV ratings and money. Die-hard fans do not feed the TV beast. The money drivers are the casual fans, the family who might tune in for one game a year. It’s this group that, like any casual TV viewer, grows tired of watching reruns every January in primetime.
You and I don’t matter as much in college football’s (okay, more like Mickey’s) brave new world. It’s all about finding the most efficient way to attract the greatest number of eyeballs at the right moment. Hearts aren’t relevant. And our fate will matter less and less as time goes on and bank accounts grow.
But take a sec, humor me and go through all of Marcello’s expanded playoff scenarios for last season. Do any of them really move the needle for you? Tell me why in the comments.