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Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:40 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:37 pm
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is reportedly wants to make a college football playoff system a reality. Posted by Ben Golliver mark-cuban-mavs

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a fixer. Unless you've been living buried in the ground like Saddam Hussein for the last 10 years or something, you've heard one of his wacky/irreverent/thoughtful theories about how to fix systems or products or services or the NBA. That's what he does, and he's a billionaire, so he gets a pass when his schemes get overly grandiose or self-serving. Progress is important, and fixers create progress. The latest problem that Cuban is preparing to tackle, according to, is NCAA college football's Bowl Championship Series system. The BCS, as far as I can tell, is a meaninglessly complicated racket that works to ensure major conference schools face off in major bowl games for major dollars. It's annoying to approximately 97% of the world's population because it doesn't make any sense, it's not transparent, it doesn't exactly scream fair and it often appears both inconsistent and biased from year to year. 
Mark Cuban is just like everybody else in the world - he doesn't like the fact that college football doesn't have a playoff system. The difference, with bowl season starting on Saturday, is that Cuban is influential enough and has enough connections that he can float his ideas on a grander stage than most folks.
Before Wednesday's game, he talked openly about how he'd like to pitch a playoff system to select college presidents in BCS conferences. But he admits it's a long, long way from becoming reality. "I'm actively pursuing it, but it's in only in the exploratory stage,'' he said. Cuban has been reading the book "Death to the BCS'' and it has gotten him thinking about how a lucrative playoff system could change colleges, and perhaps even lower tuitions that have skyrocketed in recent years.
Say this for Cuban: he clearly isn't afraid to swim into the deep water, to set his sights on unimaginably difficult problems.  Will anything come of Cuban's effort? Probably not. Many have tried to kick some sense into the BCS, to no avail. But Cuban scores points here for his understanding of the everyman's dilemma. 

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 5:39 pm

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

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Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:48 pm

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

Cricket... you're a moron.  

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:50 pm

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

Currently, the college football champ is determined virtually the same way as figure skating where you have things like "style points," a panel of judges with varying degrees of credibility, competency and bias, and increasingly sillier costumes (shout out to Nike).
How can the greatest sport on earth choose its champion like figure skating chooses theirs?
If Mark Cuban gets on the kill-the-BCS-bus, power to him and anyone else that wants to right the ship.  Every year we hear talk about "mythical champions" i.e. teams that didn't deserve to be in the championship game or who don't deserve the championship trophy.  Don't people realize that all college football champs are "mythical" in the absence of a playoff?  The greatest sport on earth has NEVER had a true champion.
It's time to give college football what it truly deserves, what its fans truly deserve — a playoff.  I don't care how you do it.  Get it done.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:10 pm

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

hey mark why dont you fix the dallas mavs playoff chokes and let the college football world worry about their problems.....all that talent and they still have nothing to show for it.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:17 am

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

...but that's the point of a playoff.  The BCS/computers will pick the schools that will likely play well against the other (with a biased in voting toward the favorite schools)...but often it isn't "the best" team that wins...its the best team for that particular matchup that wins. 

Last year, what were the odds that Butler would make it to the championship game in NCAA basketball?  Cinderella will never be invited to NCAA football until there's a championship.  Imagine the money this would generate, and the "December Madness" office pools!  I'm no Obama supporter, but I remember him saying this early in his presidency...he asked for a bill that said you couldn't call anybody a champion unless they had won a championship.  Forget jobs/the economy/the debt...give us a football championship and every Republican in the country will vote for you, Mr Pres.  If Cuban can get it done, I'll work on his campaign. ;)

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:23 am

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

You point out that it will be the same team in the playoffs...BIG DEAL...

What we and Cuban apparently want is a National Title based on a playoff and not a computer's ability to pit 2 teams together, when others clearly have a shot.

This is the only SPORT, DIVISION 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL, that doesn't have a playoff to determine it's national title.

It's time to step up, and as much as I hate Mark Cuban, I'm on his bus this go round.

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:51 am

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

He will find out that it will be the same teams winning the playoffs that continually go the to BCS Bowls. A playoff will change nothing, other than apease some fans that thing their schools will somehow rise up because of a playoff system. In the end, the results will be the same and Mark will be out a couple hundred million dollars for his efforts. If a playoff system is meant to be, it will be!

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:30 am

Report: Mark Cuban wants college football playoff

Cuban needs to put the money on the table, and he´ll get it, if that make him happy, but like other people says, "the money can´t buy happines"...

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