Mark Cuban would like to buy America a college football playoff system
Mark Cuban, the oft-fined owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the spurned would-be owner of two baseball teams, would like to buy a college football playoff system.
Cuban told ESPNDallas that he is "actively interested but in the exploratory stage" of creating and funding a playoff system that would deliver a definitive college football champion.
"The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team," said Cuban. "You can do something the whole country wants done."
Cuban said he has talked to two athletic directors from BCS conferences who were extremely enthusiastic about the idea. He intends to contact several school presidents and state senators in the coming weeks to determine whether the idea is worth pursuing.
Cuban said he envisions either a 12- or 16-team playoff field with the higher seeds getting homefield advantage. The homefield advantage, Cuban said, would ensure the college football regular-season games would not lose any importance.
While the bowls could still exist, Cuban would make it more profitable to make the playoffs than a bowl.
Hmmm...why not? Is it just desperation and BCS frustration that make this seem like a plausible idea (hey, it's not my money)? A whim by a guy who's reading "Death to the BCS?" Or is this a smart solution by an innovative rich guy who's just a fan at heart?
| December 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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