Movement for NCAA Football Playoff Gaining more Steam with Mark Cuban on Board

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In life, it’s usually a good thing to be on the side of the billionaire. If it’s possible that is. I had a billionaire call my cell phone once (for an interview piece I was doing on the Washington Wizards ownership change) and believe my that was a fun day of tweets and Facebook status updates for me.

However, billionaires are different than the rest of us; they have way more money. But they also see the sick joke that the BCS  is/has become and clamor for something better. At least in Mark Cuban’s case. The owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks weighed on the biggest disgrace that plaques college football.

And what he intends to do about it.

By Paul M. Banks

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Here’s what he said to ESPNDallas.com this week:

Via College Football Talk.com

Cuban said he has already spoken to two athletic directors at BcS conferences that were “extremely enthusiastic” about a proposal that would, essentially, throw a boatload of money at the schools, and that he intends to contact several school presidents and state senators in an attempt to gauge whether it’s an idea worth pursuing further.

“The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team,” said Cuban, who tried to buy the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers within the last few years. “You can do something the whole country wants done.” …

Cuban said he envisions either a 12- or 16-team playoff field with the higher seeds getting homefield advantage. The homefield advantage, Cuban said, would ensure the college football regular-season games would not lose any importance.

The bowl games could still exist under Cuban’s plan, but he said he would make it more profitable for programs to make the playoffs than a bowl.

“Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option,” Cuban said. “Say, ‘Look, I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.’ “

Obviously, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, but we can dream right? I like CFT use of “BcS” and their labeling of the group as a cartel.

And since we’re on the topic, I invite you to check out Brandon Kennedy’s open letter to Ohio State University president Gordon Gee. And check out the Kennedy Proposal which outlines a plan that integrates the bowls into a playoff system; at NCAA Revolution.com

I write to respond to Head Coach Jim Tressel, Mike Brewster, Cameron Heyward, Dane Sanzenbacher, and Dexter Larimore’s call for a playoff system in the highest level of football in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), or known as the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).


As you are aware, I have sent a letter to the President of the NCAA, CCed it to the administrators of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and have emphasized seeking a response from Automatic-Qualifying (AQ) Presidents to put the Kennedy Proposal (KP) on the 2011 NCAA Convention Ballot. We seek responses from AQ Presidents because I personally feel that it’s a little fairer to ask your personal opinion on the topic before I file lawsuits and write to lawmakers asking that certain BCS administrators be indicted and others receive subpoenas.

The players at OSU have spoken and they desire a playoff, the Head Coach has spoken and he prefers a playoff, and here is a video of a fan asking for you to please change the system. Any student at OSU that reads the KP is well informed that the champion of the Big Ten (12) will continue to represent the conference in the Rose Bowl game unless they advance to the National Championship Game.

If you would need me to explain why the antitrust lawsuit against the “Association of Conferences” is forming, say this, “My Coach wants a playoff, my players want a playoff, I want the Rose Bowl, and the Kennedy Proposal provides both.” This letter is also a follow up to the email regarding the Probe of the Fiesta Bowl.

Read more, with especially telling quotes and poll numbers here.

Comments

  1. Here is this years Tournament if we would have had one.

    36 teams, yes 36 teams. All the Div-1 (now called fbs) conferences get an automatic bid.

    The 36 down to the 29 seeds play in the play in games to see whom will play the top 4 seeds. All first and second round games are at the lowest seeds home field. The play-in round 36-29, 35-30, 34-31, 33-32 Dec 9-11. first round would begin the following week, (gives all the “schools” time to finish finals), December 16-18. The quarter-finals (final 8) would be at the highest money bowl sites and would be called such with each game set up on the Thursday through Saturday December 30-January 1 with this year being the Capital One Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Orange Bowl. The semi-finals would be at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The finals would be at a site to be determined by a bid process. Whilst all the way through all the other bowls would be in effect and having games with all the other 28 teams that didn’t make the top 36 or were bumped by a qualifing conference champ. I am confident the money would be well spent the fans would be real happy and the champions would be well deserved.

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