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June 21, 2012

Commissioners reach Consensus on 4-team Playoffs

College Football might finally get a Playoff series, if the proposal is approved by the Presidential oversight committee.

By Stephen Lars

The BCS commissioners have met five times since the national title game in New Orleans, including a four-hour session. It’s a lot of meetings but they are about to make a big change in the way American Football has been played in the last 20 years. The Commissioners have reached an consensus: they are making a proposal, more of a recommendation if you ask me, to install a four-team playoffs to decide the National Champion in NCAA Football. Sure enough, there has been plenty of controversy around this issue and even though this is a big change to the usual ranking system that call upon 2 teams to play for the title. Still, this format is certainly an improvement, if you ask me, but it is still far away from been an 8-seed or 16-seed playoffs that many fans would like to witness.

Sure enough, there has been plenty of controversy around this issue and even though this is a big change to the usual ranking system that call upon 2 teams to play for the title.

On the other hand, there are plenty of issues that have to be taken into account for these sorts of changes to be made upon such a complex tournament as the BCS Football season. The Pac-12 Commissioner, Larry Scott was right on when he pointed out the situation involved in this new change. "I'm sure it won't satisfy everyone," Scott said about the recommendation the BCS commissioners will present to the BCS presidential oversight committee. "Until you have an eight-team or 16-team seeded playoff, there will be folks out there that aren't completely satisfied. We get that. But we're trying to balance other important parties, like the value of the regular season, the bowls, the academic calendar."

The consensus has been reached but nothing is going to change until the presidential oversight committee meets again on June 26 in Washington DC. The presidential committee includes a representative from each of the FBS conferences and Notre Dame. According to various Internet sources, the committee discuss multiple models next week, including a plus-one format proposed by presidents from the Big Ten and Pac 12. There are still issues to be considered before the new plan is given the go-ahead. For starters, there is the increase in revenue, and we all know that when money is involved, things tend to get a bit complicated.

Rumor has it, that the TV revenue coming from a four-team playoff might be worth as much as $400 million to $500 million annually. That is certainly a lot of money that has to be distributed among the participating conferences. But there are plenty of issues when it comes to the fine print of the distribution of that much money. "We've agreed to the principles," said the ACC Commisioner John Swofford in a press conference. "It's hard to move past the principles if you don't know what the market value is. Everyone agrees that financially this is going to be good for everyone in the room."

But not that much is going to change. The four participating teams would be selected by a committee, which would consider the usual criteria such as conference championships and strength of schedule to summon the semifinalist. Both games would be played within the existing BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) on a rotating basis. As it is still the case, the national championship game would be offered to the highest bidding city.

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.