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Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:35 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 11:35 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In December Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban let it be known that he wanted to help implement a playoff system in college football, and it turns out that these were not just empty words. Since announcing his intentions last December, Cuban has been taking steps to make his vision a reality, including starting a new company with the sole purpose of bringing a playoff to the college game.
The billionaire entrepreneur has formed a limited liability company called Radical Football “to impact college football so that the last two teams playing are the best two teams,” Cuban said in an e-mail.
Radical Football was registered in Texas on Dec. 28 and already has at least one person working for it:Brett Morris, 40, a Los Angeles-based digital media consultant. Morris previously served as president of a national marketing agency focused on sporting goods and has worked in the Notre Dame athletics department as promotions coordinator.
When asked why he felt the need to start an LLC to get this done, Cuban said "because that is what the lawyers told us we should do. I pay, I listen."

Essentially, what Radical Football is doing is figuring out a way to create a playoff system that would appeal to both the fans, and to the schools. There have been contests amongst business students at schools all over the world as they attempt to create such a system. For instance, the winning team from a group of students at Oxford will be meeting with Cuban to discuss their ideas later this year.

The list of schools being used in the company's research include USC, Notre Dame, Texas, San Diego State, Florida, Georgetown, Duke, UCLA and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Of course, coming up with a good idea will only be half the battle. Finding a way to convince the powers that be in college football to adopt the playoff system will be the biggest challenge.

Even if Cuban's company can come up with a great idea that makes more money for everybody, there's no guarantee that the BCS or NCAA will listen. After all, they've been presented with plenty of ideas in the past, but don't seem all that interested in change. For the most part they say their concern isn't as much making more money as it is preserving the tradition of the bowl games and the importance of the regular season.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:32 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

This will never happen until the people that attend the bowl games stop attending for 2-5 years. Then, he has a shot at pulling this off. The powers that be don't care about the tradition, regular season, or who the best team is. They are making money hand over fist with the current system and won't change until that revenue stops or shows signs of lack of support. For every person that rails against the corruption and invalidity of the BCS (me included), close to 300,000 people or more show up and 100's of milliions tune in to the big 4 games to support the current one. Until that model fails, a playoff won't happen.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:53 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

Mark Cuban is my hero. I love him. I knew "Death To The BCS" would make a difference. Anyone who reads it understands the unmitigating corruption in the system. Thank you Mark Cuban, thank you!

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 9:56 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

If Cuban succeed, then I will watch college football post season games. I refuse to support the BCS system, even if my favorite team ends up in the championship game.

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:18 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

I am always looking forward to seeing a college football playoff. They dont need to lose all their bowl games either to make it happen. There are so many bowl games out there that they could easily be used as playoff games leading up to the championship. Nobody will lose their sponsors and all the same bowls will still be on on the holidays, they will just be playoff games instead.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:29 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

Good people!  In order to have a Playoof in College Football you need to take ALL sunjectivity out of the mix.  NO polls, NO computers, NO nada.  You must blow up all the conferences and establish EIGHT new ones... with two - six team divisions in each. (Total 96 Division 1 schools.) Every team in each conference plays EVERY other school.  The two division winners play for the Conference Title and THEN you take the eight winners and seed them for a tournament. Just like the NFL! A cut and dried formula. It is the only way to do it. you think this can happen?  I don't.  But I like the idea.   

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 2:28 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:06 am

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

I've been advocating the 8 team scenario you listed here for years.  You keep the bowls intact, and keep the regular season intact. You can even keep your BCS standings as a reference point like the RPI in basketball.  Have a selection commitee to determine teams and seeding.

This could have been your scenario this year, using the top 6 conference champs and 2 at large. 

National Quarterfinals in mid December..  4 games at higher seed... the atmosphere at these sites would be great.

Friday night 8pm   #8 Boise St  at #1 Auburn

Saturday Noon     &
nbsp;#6 Ohio St   at #3  TCU

Saturday  4 pm     #5 Wisconsin at #4 Stanford

Saturday  8 pm     #7 Oklahoma  at  #2 Oregon

Ratings would be out of this world.  

Semis - Jan 1 doubleheader

Rose Bowl  4 pm   -   TCU  vs Oregon.   (just using higher seeds, could be any combo)

Fiesta Bowl  8 pm   -  Stanford vs.  Auburn

Nat'l Title -  Jan 10th 

Fiesta Bowl site -  used this way last year -      Oregon vs. Auburn 

My only interest in seeing this happen would be 7 meaningful games instead of 1.  The quarterfinal weekend alone would be worth it.

I know, keep dreaming.....

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 9:37 am

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

Cuban is an idiot,maybe he should devote more of his time to the Mavericks,they haven't won anything have they?.....He is a loud mouthed ass**** that thinks his money can buy his way into anything he wants.He needs to stay in Texas and play with his Steers.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:00 am

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

This is the American entrepreneurial spirit at its best.  And as you can see from the quotes, Mr. Cuban is looking for a system where everybody involved, directly or indirectly, wins.  

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:34 pm

Mark Cuban's quest for a playoff continues

I sure hope Cuban's company is successful in its' goal. I am sick and tired of these whiners whining about how a playoff season will diminish the importance of the regular season. It's not going to be like college basketball, where there almost half of the teams make the tournament. At best, a good college playoff might include 8 to 10 of the top teams in my opinion.

Right now I think the BCS diminishes the importance of the regular season because one loss can ruin a season early for many teams and fan bases. It would create added excitement for more teams to have a chance to play for a legitimate national championship. Under the current system, most of the fans know they don't have a chance by the time November comes around.

Besides, if the NCAA was so concerned with the regular season not meaning anything, then why do they allow so many 6-6 teams to make it to bowl games in which very few people will watch?

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