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How do you spell BCS? M-O-N-E-Y

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants President Obama to sic the Justice Department on the BCS, calling into question whether it violates anti-trust legislation.
Look, let's just get down to what this is all about: money. Hatch is p.o'ed about the distribution of cash as least as much as he is that the Utes got punked out of the BCS championship. Here's what he said in a essay in the July 6 issue of Sports Illustrated:

In addition, every team from a preferred conference automatically receives a share from an enormous pot of revenue generated by the BCS, even if they fail to win a single game. On the other hand, teams from the less-favored conferences are guaranteed to receive a much smaller share, no matter how many games they win. The numbers are staggering. Last year the Mountain West Conference had one team qualify for the BCS, Utah, as did three of the automatic-bid conferences. Yet under the BCS formula the Mountain West received $9.8 million—roughly half of what the three bigger conferences got. And despite having the nation's only other undefeated team, Boise State, the Western Athletic Conference received just $3.2 million in BCS revenue.


It's pretty much stupid that the BCS doesn't try to get the WAC and Mountain West involved anyway. The Rocky Mountain states are one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Utah was percentage-wise the fastest growing state of the Union. The slowest growing states? Michigan, Rhode Island and (which both lost people) and Ohio. (Those are Wiki facts, but they're the best I could find) And outside Virginia, there's not a state with Big 10 or Big East in the top twenty.
It's too bad the BCS isn't really run like a business. It would have brought in the Mountain West and WAC years ago to expand their market. As the BCS seems to be more of an old boy's club, it stays short-sighted when it comes to making an honest profit.
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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) wants President Obama to sic the Justice Department on the BCS, calling into question whether it violates anti-trust legislation.
Look, let's just get down to what this is all about: money. Hatch is p.o'ed about the distribution of cash as least as much as he is that the Utes got punked out of the BCS championship. Here's what he said in a essay in the July 6 issue of Sports Illustrated:

In addition, every team from a preferred conference automatically receives a share from an enormous pot of revenue generated by the BCS, even if they fail to win a single game. On the other hand, teams from the less-favored conferences are guaranteed to receive a much smaller share, no matter how many games they win. The numbers are staggering. Last year the Mountain West Conference had one team qualify for the BCS, Utah, as did three of the automatic-bid conferences. Yet under the BCS formula the Mountain West received $9.8 million—roughly half of what the three bigger conferences got. And despite having the nation's only other undefeated team, Boise State, the Western Athletic Conference received just $3.2 million in BCS revenue.


It's pretty much stupid that the BCS doesn't try to get the WAC and Mountain West involved anyway. The Rocky Mountain states are one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Utah was percentage-wise the fastest growing state of the Union. The slowest growing states? Michigan, Rhode Island and (which both lost people) and Ohio. (Those are Wiki facts, but they're the best I could find) And outside Virginia, there's not a state with Big 10 or Big East in the top twenty.
It's too bad the BCS isn't really run like a business. It would have brought in the Mountain West and WAC years ago to expand their market. As the BCS seems to be more of an old boy's club, it stays short-sighted when it comes to making an honest profit.

Posted originally: 2009-10-22 01:00:00
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