Thursday, December 10, 2009

BCS System all about the $$$

Posted by Chris O'Sullivan

College football's postseason has been a frequent subject of debate on a regular basis due to a flawed system known the BCS. This computer system pairs the top two teams in the country to play for the national championship each year. However, many argue that system in simply in place to make sure the two "most popular" teams play in the game each year.

Many are now looking to the federal government for help in destroying this system. Just take a quick glance at the annual payouts of the 34 existing bowl games. The five BCS bowl games pay out $17 million a game ($85 million total), while the 29 other bowl games divide a total payout of less than half that ($41.8 million).

Not only are smaller, less popular schools missing out on the opportunity to play in these games, but the system is allowing the rich to get richer and the system to preserve itself on an annual basis. Without the money and exposure these games provide, smaller schools remain at the bottom and the larger, more prestigious schools collect massive checks used to further increase their competitive advantage over the "have nots." It is clear that this system is flawed and needs to changed as soon as possible.


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