So Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has long been one of sports’ most outspoken figures, has turned his gaze to the BCS.
Cuban says he may attempt to use his own money to fund a playoff for college football. While nothing is set in stone yet, the basics, per ESPN Dallas, are a 12/16-team playoff where higher-seeded teams get home field and continued presence of bowl games.
Apparently, the enticement for teams is money. As Cuban explained to ESPN: “Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option. Say, ‘Look, I’m going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you’re picked for the playoff system, you’ll go.’ ”
My thoughts? I’m not a BCS guy, and I actually think Mark Cuban is a refreshing change of pace from most owners. So when a guy like Cuban, someone with ambition, business sense and well, a boatload of money, kicks around the idea of going up against the BCS and starting a playoff, it warms my heart. That being said, I have absolutely no doubt this idea would not work- mainly because it’s incredibly unlikely that the schools would want to upset the status quo by going against the BCS in that manner.
Frankly, doesn’t it seem, well, a bit too crazy to work? I’m not trying to crush ambition here, but the idea that one person, even someone like Cuban, could upend the entire sport of college football essentially by writing a massive check is kind of out there. Even if he could, exactly what’s the time frame here? Is this something that’s going to be operational soon? Doubtful.
What the heck? It’s not my money or time, so if this is really a sticking point for Cuban, I’m all for supporting him. I’ll chip in a fiver if you need it Mark. Just say the word.