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MAKING A RACKET OVER A BRACKET: ISL PUSHES FOR CFA PLAYOFF

          Swiss-based sports marketing firm ISL "continues to
     pitch a full-fledged" college football playoff system and
     "has projected a 16-team bracket for this season," according
     to USA TODAY's Steve Wieberg.  The fantasy bracket is part
     of the ISL-backed Web site, www.collegefootballplayoff.com,
     that launched yesterday.  ISL VP Jim Wheeler said that he
     has talked to "some" 100 college ADs and 50 college
     presidents "in his effort to sell" the proposed eight-year,
     $3.006B playoff system.  Wheeler was in DC yesterday
     "seeking backing for his plan from the National Association
     of State Legislators," and has spoken with members of U.S.
     Congress, "eliciting letters of encouragement."  But Wieberg
     notes that "support where it counts, among the schools'
     presidents, appears lacking."  Wheeler plans to "present the
     presidents with a formal contract proposal next year and
     expects a verdict between then and next August," when a
     decision "must be made" on extending the current BCS
     contract by three years through 2004.  Among details of
     ISL's proposal: subsidizing 16 other bowl games with "as
     much" as $1M to keep them going, and playing the title game
     the Sunday before the Super Bowl (USA TODAY, 12/2).

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