Last year, Dallas Mavericks (and fan friendliest) owner Mark Cuban became inspired to change college football after reading “Death to the BCS.” Cuban set up a company called Radical Football and began investigating ways to make money off college football’s mess of a postseason.
Well, Radical Football has finally put forward its first proposal. It’s an NCAA proposal, actually, number 2011-87. Basically it calls for the creation of a four-team invitational during the two weeks after the regular season when most conferences are holding their conference championships. Teams from those conferences who do not have championships (including Big 12 and Big East) as well as the independents (including Notre Dame and BYU) would be invited based on the final rankings of the regular season. (And teams could opt out.)
It’s a great idea and would no doubt add some more excitement to December. It’s not a full-fledged playoff, which Sports Fans Coalition is fighting for, but it’s a solid start towards change. Fans will love it and the games could end up being more exciting than the BCS bowl games. Most importantly, it should show university presidents how reforming the current system can be profitable.
Best of luck to Radical Football in this endeavor. We fully support their efforts. Read Andy Staples’ column on the new proposal here.