ESPN Could Force College Football Playoff In 2011

I mourn the loss of another wonderful college football season, which was full of so many compelling games and storylines this year. But the season is now over for me, as the BCS bowl system has turned all postseason games save one into a meaningless, laughable endeavor.

Barack Obama Grant Teaff

(DUMBASS: Coaches Assoc. Pres. “laughed out loud” at Obama’s playoff suggestion)

That wouldn’t be true for all of us if there was some semblance of a playoff system, which has been resisted by power drunk dinosaurs like Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delany and Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen all these years. And even though every single coach in college football has said he wants a playoff, the man who leads their coaches association, the rapidly-fossilizing Grant Teaff, says he still opposes a playoff and “laughed out loud” when he heard Barack Obama suggest that a playoff was a good idea.

Now with ESPN committing to a five-year deal to broadcast BCS Bowl Games beginning in 2011, the chance of a playoff system being implemented looks, on the surface, even dimmer. But don’t be fooled, things are going to change. And soon.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the economic meltdown and subsequent government bailouts in the past month, laws, rules and contracts are made to be broken - as long as there’s the perception that it’s in the public’s best interest. When I see, hear and read about the college football playoff debate, the details always bog down the discussion. Those details mainly being TV contracts held by the BCS game rights holder.

Obama speaking out about a playoff changed the rules though, and all bets could be off if he and/or Congress got involved. Between that and politically adroit sports media behemoth ESPN soon taking over the rights,  I think we will see the NCAA adopt an 8-team playoff for college football beginning in 2011. Read more…