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16-Year-Old BCS System Begins Final Season, While Questions Remain About New CFP
Published August 30, 2013
NOT BAD AFTER ALL? The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Rachel Bachman writes in order to "understand what the BCS represents, it helps to imagine that the comparatively well-oiled machine of the NFL playoffs never existed." For all the "heartache it has caused the fans of various unlucky teams, the BCS has accompanied, if not helped to create, some broad and likely permanent changes in the sport." College football fans, who "were once regional tribes, became national consumers under this system." Former SEC Commissioner and BCS Coordinator Roy Kramer said, "It's bigger than we ever dreamed of at the time. It created a name brand and almost a structure of membership: BCS schools and non-BCS schools." For all the "controversy and complexity of the BCS, it doesn't seem to have hurt the sport," as a Harris Poll from last year showed that college football "has become the nation's third-most popular sport behind the NFL and baseball, and is closing the gap." The new CFP "may not be quite as populist" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/30).
FOR ALL THE TOSTITOS: Fiesta Bowl Exec Dir Robert Shelton on Thursday said that the game is "spearheading an effort to secure" the '16 CFP championship game for Univ. of Phoenix Stadium. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby: “The competition is going to be robust. I think Phoenix has as good a chance of landing it as anyone.” In Phoenix, Paola Boivin notes if accepted, the game "sets up a potentially busy two-and-half-year run on the Valley’s sports scene." The Fiesta Bowl will "host a game between ranked at-large teams -- selected by a committee as part of the new college playoff format -- on Dec. 31, 2014." Super Bowl XLVIIII will be played there Feb. 1, 2015. On Jan. 1, 2016, the Fiesta Bowl "would host another meeting between at-large teams and then the national title game 10 days later if the bid is awarded." Additionally, the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority is "working on a bid to host a men’s Final Four" for April '17 (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/30).