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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Mark Cuban would like to buy America a college football playoff system

By Cindy Boren

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?

By Cindy Boren  | December 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Nah, keep it the way it is. I love to watch people's head's explode around this time of year...

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 16, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I imagine it would depend on what "more profitable" means to the BCS old-boys' club.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | December 16, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

At this point there are enough bowls so that every bowl could be one of the playoff games if they were scheduled properly.

Personally, I'd prefer an 8 team playoff. But I totally applaud Cuban.

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Posted by: shoestrade1930 | December 16, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

You sort of have to ask the question of whether the pursuit of a college national-championship is really in the best interests of the players.

If not, then why do it?
Who profits from this?

Or, you could just do it, and then let the NCAA deal with it.

Posted by: chucklebuck | December 16, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Please...let's pay the players (a decent wage; something that would fit a minor league). Give them a modest bonus for post-season play.
And...let's do a real playoff system!
I'm not sure I agree with all of Cuban's proposals, but it's a lot better than what we've got now!!!!

Posted by: bobleme | December 17, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

As I understand the is the college and University presidents who do not want a playoff system.
Most coaches would like some type of playoff system.
For most schools, the season would not be any longer. Schools ranked say in the top 12-15...could be given a choice of entering into a play off for the national championship...or just opting to go to a regular bowl game.
They could even have just a 4 team playoff...which would cover teams who have a legitimate claim to being the top dog.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 17, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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