UPDATE 6:44 pm: I do not envy Bill Hancock, whose job it is to promote and speak well of the BCS. No doubt he believes everything he is saying – it’s called cognitive dissonance — but I can’t imagine spending my days promoting a flawed product most everyone hates.
However, he responded to Mark Cuban’s idea through the Associated Press, saying he has fans where it counts.
“Given how much support our current system has among university presidents, athletics directors, coaches and athletes, I don’t think any amount of financial inducement will make people abandon” the BCS.
I tend to think those people’s opinions are for sale and Cuban may be the guy with the bank to change their minds.
11: 46 am: Mark Cuban has not been able to buy off David Stern, completely anyway, but the soul of college football? That has always been for sale.
So Cuban has moved his attention away from buying a baseball team (Mark, please don’t give up on the Dodgers, Love, LA) to looking at how to fix the ridiculous college football championship system, according to ESPN Dallas and our partners in crime at College Football Talk. The man has a plan and it involves 12-16 teams, home games most of the way and a boatload of money.
“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…
“It’s an inefficient business where there’s obviously a better way of doing it,” Cuban said. “The only thing that’s kept them from doing it is a lack of capital, which I can deal with.
“The one thing every college football fan wants you can probably create for less than it takes to buy a baseball team.”
As CFT notes, this idea is bound to fail. Not because it is a bad idea or isn’t a much better system than the one in place, it is. It’s not even about the money. But the current cartel that runs college football will not give up its death grip on power easily, to heck with what is best for everyone.
However, if Cuban wants to butt his head up against the college football wall instead of the baseball wall for a while, have at it.