It’s time to be honest about the BCS

 

Today at 2:30 p.m. a Senate Judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “The Bowl Championship Series: Is it Fair and in Compliance with Antitrust Law?”

 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah),  you’ll  be shocked to hear, believes that the 12-0 (which later became 13-0) team from Utah was denied the opportunity to play for the national championship by the BCS system, which picks two teams to play for the title after the regular season. In a Sports Illustrated story last week, Hatch called the BCS “biased” and claimed that it “probably” violates antitrust laws.

This is the second time this year representatives of college athletics have been hauled before Congress for a dog and pony show to score cheap political points with the folks back home. Earlier it was Rep. Joe Barton of Texas (sense a trend here?), who called the BCS “communist.”

 

Here is the problem I have with this entire exercise. If you want to have four-team, eight-team or 16-team playoff to decide college football’s national championship, then let’s have that argument. I, for one, would like to see a four-team playoff where the teams are seeded 1-4. And if the Rose Bowl is willing to play ball (and that’s a big IF), there is a possibility that gets done when the new BCS contract begins in the 2014 season.

 

What I don’t like is that in criticizing the BCS, and there is a lot to legitimately criticize, those who want change show that they have not done their homework. In the interest of creating a memorable sound bite or quote, the critics show an incredible amount of intellectual dishonesty, or total lack of knowledge, about what the BCS is and is not and what it has done and hasn’t done for post-season college football.

 

Again, I’m not a blind supporter of the BCS. There is change that I want. But here are a few facts:

 

Fact: Utah was not DENIED a chance to play for the BCS national championship. Utah had as much a chance to play for the BCS title as any other school. But 175 people voted in the Harris Interactive and coaches polls, two of the three components in the BCS formula. The 114 people in the Harris poll voted Utah seventh. The 61 coaches in the USA Today poll also voted Utah seventh and no coach—NONE—voted Utah higher than No. 5. Of the 114 people who voted in the Harris Poll only five voted Utah No. 5 or better.

Fact: Even the coaches in Utah’s league, the Mountain West, did not step up for the Utes when it counted. Joe Glenn of Wyoming had Utah at No. 5. Rocky Long of New Mexico and Gary Patterson of TCU had them at No. 7. Kyle Whittingham, Utah’s own coach, had his team at No. 5.

So where was all the love for Utah BEFORE they played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? The fact is that while Utah deserved to win because the Utes flat outplayed the Crimson Tide (who didn’t want to be there), it wasn’t until AFTER the Sugar Bowl that Utah became this incredible juggernaut which should have been given the chance to play for it all.

 

Fact: For all of the flaws of the BCS, the fact is that it has provided bowl opportunities that the supposedly aggrieved schools had never had in the past. How many times had Utah played in the Sugar Bowl before the BCS? How many times had Hawaii played in the Sugar Bowl before the BCS? How many times had Boise State played in a New Year’s Day bowl before the BCS? If you answered zero to all three questions you’d be right. “The fact of the matter is that the BCS has given access to those conference that they never had before,” said former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer, considered to be the godfather of the BCS. “Look at the history of the major bowls. They had almost never invited one of those teams before the BCS.”

 

Fact: The original BCS agreement that was put together back in 1998 never would have happened unless the champions of those six “equity” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10) had been promised automatic slots.

“Those conferences already had automatic bowl bids. We (in the SEC) had a long standing agreement with the Sugar Bowl,” said Kramer. “There is no way that those conferences were going to give that up without a guaranteed slot. And remember that we were working with four bowls and those were the conferences they were used to dealing with.”

The fact is that the free marketplace determined that those six conferences would get automatic bids and there were at-large spots made available to teams that could play their way in. Maybe you believe that market forces have no place in college athletics, but that is how it happened. It wasn’t a conspiracy to keep the other teams out. It was the only way to get the deal done.

 

Fact: While the six equity conferences do get an automatic bid and the $18 million payday that comes with it, the five Coalition Conferences (Conference USA, MAC, WAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) have placed a team in the BCS in four of the past five seasons. Those five conferences get an automatic $9.5 million for participating and another $9.5 million when they place a team in a BCS game. So over the past five seasons the BCS has pumped about $80 million into those five Coalition conferences.

 That’s a lot of money that did not even exist before the advent of the BCS. Should the Coalition Conferences get more? Yes, and I believe they will. I also believe that in the future the conferences will be able to get more than one team in the BCS if they have two teams in the Top 10.

All of this leads us to a final fact about the BCS:

Fact: The BCS does not violate antitrust law and this Senate committee knows it.  I’ve spoken to a number of top antitrust lawyers, including Tom Rhodes of Smith, Gambrell & Russell here in Atlanta. They all agreed that the BCS may not be popular with some college football fans but it does not violate the law—at least as the law is currently written and interpreted by the courts.

“The original agreement was put together by a group of antitrust lawyers and has been reviewed several times since,” said Kramer. “Now there are some political problems that the BCS must deal with but when it comes to the law, unless it gets interpreted in a totally different way, the BCS should be on solid ground.”

The fact of the matter is that whether or not you like the BCS, and a lot of folks don’t, it created something that didn’t exist before: A mechanism to match the No. 1 and the No. 2 team for the national championship. It also increased bowl revenues exponentially because it created something of value to the television networks. It also has access points for the teams in the Coalition Conferences. All they have to do is finish in the Top 12 of the final BCS standings.

Again, if you want a playoff, then let’s have that discussion. But bashing the BCS is like bashing the IRS. It’s easy. The fact is that with all of its flaws, it’s better than what we used to have. I remember Georgia Tech having to play in the Citrus Bowl in 1990 to win its national championship. I remember No. 2 Penn State not getting a shot at No. 1 Nebraska in 1994. I remember No. 2 Texas not getting a shot at No. 1 Nebraska in 1983.

The system is going to change because the marketplace is going to eventually demand it, not because Congress is going to push to make its constituents happy. And that’s a fact.

 

270 comments Add your comment

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
2:36 pm

To Supersize that order, mutt

Hey, buddy, I’ve got a little spare time so I went back to the beginning of the blog. You posted 6 times – that’s right, 6 times – before you uttered one word about the BCS. Yet, you trash others for not staying on topic. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Playoffs !?? Are you kiddin me !? Playoffs??

July 7th, 2009
2:37 pm

Thats 1-15, 2-14, etc. etc.

observor

July 7th, 2009
2:37 pm

Does Tony ever read or even reply at all to his own blog? Talk about mailing it in…..

Otto

July 7th, 2009
2:42 pm

Atlanta Gator, The idea is good but the only way the BCS came to be was to agree that the BCS conf champs get a guarantee to be in a BCS bowl. In order for the same leaders to agree on a playoff the same deal would have to be made. 6 BCS conf champs and 2 at large bids.

On top of this not being fair for a strong team who happens to be 2nd best in their conf being left out, teams like Cincy make it in while their is a fight between ND, and other teams for the two at large spots. Last year Texas, Utah, Bama, and TCU would be fighting for those 2 spots.

Anonymous

July 7th, 2009
2:43 pm

For the record, Georgia Tech was on NCAA probation in 2005-2006, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. The Jackets were officially off the hook last fall.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
2:45 pm

To Supersize that order, mutt

You said “Your constant use of the “bwahaha….” crap is pretty indicative of a total lack of maturity.” So if “bwahaha” is a lack of maturity, then what do you call these classy clips from your various posts today?

St Mark Richt

UGAG

If a bullfrog had wings, he wouldn’t bust his ass as much.

But you go ahead and lie there and lick your butt…

And UGAG students also have sheep on campus to have sex with.

UGAG => You gag. Just like UGA => You gay. DUHH

STFU

Sorry to do this to you, Supersize, but….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

DawginLex

July 7th, 2009
2:45 pm

I guess m didn’t study logic at Tech. In a year where the SEC was “down” according to him, the SEC champion still won the national title.

If that doesn’t speak to conference strength, I don’t know what does.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
2:49 pm

Pot, kettle….supersize, woodee….woodee, m….m, supersize.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
2:52 pm

Otto—-You are aware that the BCS adopted new rules regarding which conferences receive automatic bids, right? With the new rules regarding BCS conference eligibility, the Big East is very likely to lose its automatic bid at the next review, leaving only 5 automatic bids (ACC, Big East, Big XII, Pac-10, SEC). The other three could be picked from the next highest ranked teams regardless of conference affiliation. Sorry, no special deal for Notre Dame; the Irish are either ranked in the top 8, or they can play in the Aloha Bowl.

My plan works, and it requires only three additional games be played (2 semifinals and the final). Realistically, the real problem is getting the Rose Bowl to give up its Big Ten/Pac-10 tie-ins. Maybe the deal gets cut where the Rose Bowl can always have the higher ranked of the Big Ten or Pac-10 champions, thereby maintaining some semblance of its 65-year tradition. I could live with that.

Myles Brand

July 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

Denver Dog, the probation Georgia Tech was under involved no academic fraud.

However, the most recent probation served by The University of Georgia did.

From ncaa.org…..

“Violations of NCAA legislation governing recruiting inducements, extra benefits, student-athlete competition while ineligible, academic fraud and two additional instances of unethical conduct committed by a former assistant men’s basketball coach.”

The Blog Referee

July 7th, 2009
2:54 pm

Children, hush!

Grinch and Supersize, can you guys grow up? You’re embarrassing the rest of the Dawg and Tech bloggers.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
2:57 pm

No, Denver Dog, Tech is NOT on probation. If you have proof that they are, I will humbly defer, but until you give that proof, you are wrong. Admitted violations and self-imposed fines or whatever does not constitute probation. And the football program was not involved in any of those violations. The probationary period Tech was under ended last year. Regarding arrests, 11 arrests sucks, but it does not compare to UGAG’s 30 or 34 (I cannot remember who the other team is; I only know that UGAG was one of the top two in the country). And as far as attacking UGAG posters, I only respond to what you a**holes type. I would be happy to talk only football or basketball, but you jerks make that impossible. In recent blog about Tech recruiting, the first 5 posts were slams against Tech by UGAG posters. I guess since it was about 9AM, all the usual Tech posters were at work doing their jobs; who knows what the UGAG posters were doing, other than stirring up trouble.

Grinch, I used the “STFU” once and directed it to you. How many times today alone have you typed that assinine “bwahahaha”? You call that maturity? Grow up, boy.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
2:57 pm

To Myles Brand

Nice try. That was two basketball coaches ago. If we can go back that many “generations”, then tech got busted two football coaches ago when O’liary used academically ineligible players for, what, 3 years? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Otto

July 7th, 2009
2:59 pm

Atlanta Gator you are getting warmer. I did not hear that the BigEast will lose their auto bid. IMO the ACC should too.

I am still not a fan of 5 automatic bids as it encourage teams to sluff games or not schedule tough games for the OOC schedule. If UGA is headed to an 8 team playoff as SEC East champ why risk the QB and RB against GT?

The Blog Referee

July 7th, 2009
2:59 pm

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
3:01 pm

To Supersize that order, mutt

Let’s put this in perspective. If I were out in public around men, women, and children (can’t be the tech campus because there’s no women and it’s too dangerous), and uttered “BWAHAHAHAHAHA”, would anyone really take offense.

Now, let’s say you’re out in public and you uttered “If a bullfrog had wings, he wouldn’t bust his ass as much”, or “But you go ahead and lie there and lick your butt…”, or “And UGAG students also have sheep on campus to have sex with”, or “UGAG => You gag. Just like UGA => You gay. DUHH”, or the classic “STFU”, would someone be offended.

Now who is truly immature? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Myles Brand

July 7th, 2009
3:01 pm

Grinch, all I was doing was correcting Denver.

Reading…..is FUNdamental.

Sick of you too

July 7th, 2009
3:02 pm

The BCS is BS and will always be BS. The only solution is a playoff system that will truly determine a national champion. Otherwise, it has been and will continue to be no more than a popularity contest. Utah should have been in a playoff system and, based on their performance against Bama, they were a lot better team than people thought. Also, Ole Miss should have been in a playoff and they might have been the best team in the country at the end of the year. It would have been fun to watch Ole Miss and Florida play again in a playoff. It would have been the game of the year and would have been a much better game than the OU/Floirida game. Ole Miss was better than OU at the end of the year.

Gator Man

July 7th, 2009
3:03 pm

Grinch, I think you meant to say “49-10 bwahahahaha”

m

July 7th, 2009
3:04 pm

I am watching Tech kick the living crap out of ugag AGAIN on CSS right now. It will replay tonight on CSS at 7:00 PM.

It is amazing how that high school offense ran all over that powerful sec defense.

45-42…just the beginning.

Tom

July 7th, 2009
3:05 pm

Myles, I’ve been meaning to ask you…..

WTH is a grad of a tiny polytechnic in upstate NY whose main athletic endeavor is a decent lower-division hockey team doing running the completely bought-and-paid-for NCAA, anyways?

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
3:07 pm

To Gator Man

No, actually I meant to say “I’ll charge this AK-47 to my dead girlfriend’s credit card”. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Tom

July 7th, 2009
3:08 pm

Oh, and Myles…..thoughts and prayers to you in your fight.

DawginLex

July 7th, 2009
3:11 pm

m enjoying the 1 out of 8 and 4 out of 18 in his basement next to his fort. Since you are home, you obviously don’t have a job or you are a kid home for the summer.

Either way, the world is a better place because you are home and not out in the real world ruining it.

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
3:12 pm

Otto—-Regarding the 5 or 6 automatic conference bids, virtually all of the time, the Big Ten, Big XII, Pac-10 and SEC champions will be in the top 10; most years, the ACC champion will be, too. It’s a compromise, but remember compromises will be necessary to get the deal cut. The Utahs of the world want to play the Floridas of the world, not the other way around.

As for why UGA would play its starting quarterback, it’s simple. Seeding and homefield advantage. In my scheme, after the 4 New Year’s Day bowls are played, the semifinals are played on the higher seeded team’s homefield. So, if you’re a 10-1 UGA looking at your end of season game against Tech, and not knowing whether you will win the SEC Championship Game for an automatic bid, hell, yeah, you play all of your starters! If you’re ranked high enough, and you lose the SEC game, you may still get one of the 2 or 3 at-large bids by beating Tech and being ranked in the top 8.

See, I’m good. Already thought of that.

Gator Man

July 7th, 2009
3:12 pm

grinch, what are you talking about?

Playoffs !?? Are you kiddin me !? Playoffs??

July 7th, 2009
3:13 pm

I know it sounds heretical, but wouldnt the ACC, SEC, and Big 12 conferences prefer NOT to have their teams play each other in a 13th game, i.e. a conference championship? Havent SEC fans complained about the conference “beating up on each other?” Does a 13th game help that?

The overall resutls for the SEC is, while it means another W for one SEC team, it means another L for another SEC team. Did that extra L hurt Bama in the final Bowl selection process last year?

How many Conference championship games resulted in two teams playing a re-match of a regualr season game? Do the fans really want to see a re-match.

For the ACC, both the 07 & 08 ACC-CG’s featured re-matches of BC vs VT. While BC won the 07 & 08 regular season gaems vs VT, BC lost both 07 & 08 ACC-CG’s to VT. Frankly, I didnt want to see a VT-BC re-match, and I dont think the fans did either based on the ACC-CG attendance figures.

If one team routs another team in the regualr season, does anyone really want to see the same two teams play again?

Would a D1-A playoff eliminate the “value” of a conference championship game?

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
3:13 pm

Okay, Grinch, I have to admit it. That was funny.

Tech Fan Since 1950

July 7th, 2009
3:15 pm

It really is “time to be honest about the BCS.” The BCS is a fraud and the NCAA Playoffs for all the other NCAA Divisions in Football are not frauds. It is about time “Mr. College Football” began to support the NCAA versions, rather than the rigged BCS. I sure hope Congress and the President will eventually clamp down on such a fraudulent system as the BCS. Yes they’ve inherited a bad economy and a couple of wars and certainly have many other things to do. But nationally setting something right is important too! Integrity, honesty and fairness are among the most important values.

Jonesboro

July 7th, 2009
3:15 pm

These two links are the reason there will not be playoffs in the near future. It doesn’t matter what any other university presidents, commissioners, coaches or fans want. The Rose Bowl-Big 10-Pac-10 triumvirate controls the college football postseason period. When they want to change there might be playoffs until then, forget it.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=dw-rose010507&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=jo-delany010507&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Supersize that order, mutt

July 7th, 2009
3:18 pm

Grinch, this isn’t public, and I would only talk like that to somebody like you if I were in public. I’m sure I would get more laughs than complaints…and that would probably also be true of any dawg fan who was present. Most of the dawg fans I personally know can take the ribbing, no matter how dumb, and they can dish it back out in equal fun-loving measure. By the way, the bullfrog line was used regularly on TV by Don Meridth on Monday Night football, and as far as I know, nobody ever complained; he might not have used the word “ass” (I don’t remember), but everybody knew what he meant. And he used it to deride people/fans/coaches/players who are always making excuses. As far as your “bwahahaha”, you’re right, nobody would be offended, but I’m sure people would look at you like you’re a jerk, at least after you had used it as many times as you do here. It’s the monotony of it, bubba….just like m’s “thank god and greyhoud…..” line. It gets old REAL QUICK.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
3:19 pm

Grinch,

I have to admit that as a Bama fan even I laughed my arse off when you said that we managed to lose 21 games in 1 day. That was pretty funny. Nachos is the Bama fans version of m.

Otto, Yep. I forgot about the tv contracts and such. That kinda does put a monkey wrench in things. So much for flexibility.

Atlanta gator,

Grasshopper now sees what you’re talking about. You’re talking about a 4 team or plus one AFTER the bowls. I was thinking more along the line of a 4 team playoff in which the bowls were part of the playoff and if it was a plus one system the bowl selected to be the plus one would simply be the bowl game that is in the rotation that particular year to host the championship game. I just can’t see a 4 game playoff after the bowls. I can see a plus one but that’s about it.

Last, I just don’t see the Big East losing its automatic bid. Where did you see that? I read the exact opposite that because of a large northeastern tv market, bc, rutgers that they will keep it. Personally, I don’t think they deserve it and if they do then the mountain west should also get an automatic bid judging by their success not only in the bcs bowl games they’ve played in but their recent success against the pac 10 (5-0 and 5-1 over the last 2 years)

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
3:21 pm

Gator Man

You’re kidding, right? If not, contact of your gator brethren.

Anonymous

July 7th, 2009
3:24 pm

Tech Fan Since 1950

“Fraud” is an awfully strong word. What exactly is “fraudulent” about the BCS? Could you explain that in simple terms so the rest of us can follow your logic?

Also, for everyone, can we take a little survey:

1. Do you believe the federal government should tell universities how to run a Division I playoff?

2. Please state whether you have ever read the U.S. Constitution, and, if so, what clause of the Constitution authorizes the federal government to run college football playoffs (for extra credit, you can identify where Madison, Jefferson and Hamilton are spinning in their graves).

3. Please identify yourself as a Democrat, Independent or Republican; liberal, moderate or conservative.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
3:24 pm

Atlanta gator,

Grinch got Bama fans also with his comment that we managed to lose 21 games in a single day. I’m still laughing about it. I reckon we own another record albeit an infamous one.

shane#1

July 7th, 2009
3:30 pm

I like the idea of a four team playoff using the BCS bowls to cut the top eight down to four. Bingo! You have a playoff system with only two extra games. I agree with Tony, some form of playoff will come as soon as the BCS TV contract expires. College presidents will be looking for more money due to the state of the economy.

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
3:34 pm

Otto—-As I understand it, there are new performance criteria for a conference maintaining its automatic BCS bid status, and the Big East has been very shaky since the departure of Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech.

As for my plan, it’s actually a “Plus-2,” if you’ll pardon the tortured lexicon. That is the four winning teams from the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls will play in two semifinal games. The two winners of the semifinal game will play one more game—-the New Grandaddy of Them All.

That’s a total of three additional games after the bowls—-2 semifinals, and one championship.

Chris

July 7th, 2009
3:34 pm

The only comment in this entire string that made sense to me was by Pitbull. I liked college football better when national championships were “mythical.” Today it is all about how much money they can wring out of it. I sort of liked the controversy in years gone by when more than one team claimed a national championship.
Oh, and by the way, virtually every college in America–public and private–is tied into the federal student loan program, and you better believe the goverment uses that carrot to keep colleges kowtowing to their demands.

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
3:35 pm

shane#1—-Exactly right. Glad I could help.

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
3:40 pm

Tide Rising that was a really bad gameday—-21 losses in a single day. You should try to hire the Gators’ game scheduler. According to many AJC bloggers, the Gators always have a week-off before their really tough games.

The Grinch

July 7th, 2009
3:45 pm

To Supersize that order, mutt

I guess you and I have found some common ground. My “BWAHA” is to get a rise out of my “friendly foes” and it seems to work. Much the same as you post name, right? It probably ticks some people off and that’s the purpose. Let’s have some fun, and remember, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Sam Houston

July 7th, 2009
3:47 pm

The two key words are VOTE and INVITE.
The teams are VOTED on as to who plays who and where. The bowls INVITE who they want to play in their bowls.
Sounds like a fair system to me. The
rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
3:48 pm

Atlanta gator,

Come to think of it. Didn’t you guys take a month off to prepare for us last year?

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
3:49 pm

Grinch,

Don’t lose the BWHAHAHAHAHAH. You just wouldn’t be the same.

PCole

July 7th, 2009
3:50 pm

Don’t want a playoff, will never want a playoff, even more don’t want Congress involved in any way. If it’s so bad for collgeg football, why are ratings, revenues, etc at an all time high? Who would pick 1 thru 4 or 8 or 16 – can’t wait for the boring bubble talk we are subjected to when they pick 65 in college basketball.

Those of you who love playoffs, put your money and time where your mouth is and watch the lower divisions that already have 16 team playoffs.

Obama

July 7th, 2009
3:52 pm

Sam Houston, what is that? The rich getting ricer and the poor getting poorer? Hmm, looks like I need to propose a new tax on the bowl committees or have congress to threaten the head of each bowl game and set a salary cap for such a trivial position.

Otto

July 7th, 2009
3:53 pm

Gator, We’ll see. IMO the playoff pushes more teams to play slack OOC schedules. The automatic bids would have to be cut back which I also don’t see.

Tide, money and legal contracts always getting in the way….it is a pain. I do like the idea however.

Anonymous 1) No 2) Yes 3) Conservative in most topics but both parties are very flawed and represent the moneyed corporations before the people.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
4:05 pm

Otto,

Not sure how a playoff would affect OOC schedules but I would hope it wouldn’t have any effect at all. One thing that I certainly don’t want to miss is big time intersectional contests and I get even more excited about playing Va, Tech this year and Penn State next year then I do most of the sec slate.

Also, in 2004 when there obviously wasn’t a playoff one of the reasons Auburn got left out in the cold was that their noncon schedule was absolutely embarrassing with 2 D2 teams I think and then someone like Middle Tenn. on top of that. OU got in over Auburn mostly because they played more respectable noncon games.

Tide Rising

July 7th, 2009
4:07 pm

All this football talk has me all pumped up.

I just ran outside when I saw the mail lady and stiffarmed her at the mailbox. Hope she’s okay

Atlanta Gator

July 7th, 2009
4:13 pm

Anonymous—-In answer to your survey,

(1) No, I’m against the feds getting their grubby paws on college football. They’ll find some way to tax it, and geographically distribute the playoff bids.

(2) The federal government could only rely on the Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, but that would probably be more than a majority in the house and senate could swallow.

(3) I will keep my party affiliation to myself. This is a non-partisan blog.