Originally Posted by El Caliente
College Basketball isn't as popular as college football, but it amazingly jumps from low ratings during the regular season to ratingon roids for the tourney. This amazing jump is made only by the fact that the tourney provides excitement and surprise. A CFB playoff system would take the current tv ratings and probably double or triple them seeing as how you would have a world full of new possibilities that you don't get with a 4 team playoff.
College football doesn't rat as well as the NFL either.The Oakland vs Jacksonville can go up against a Oklahoma v OK St., or LSU vs Florida and out rate it according to Nielson tv ratings. Having a smaller field of teams to pull from isnt hurting the NFL. They provide a playoff where 37.5% of it's teams can make the playoffs. Certainly having a 16 team playoff wouldn't kill things, it would only enhance it.
How the NCAA says they would lose money on this is beyond me....oh wait, the NCAA doesn't lose money on this, the thought of one of the top tier conferences not making as much money in case of an upset is the fear.
Wow, epic fail of a post. You're grasp of statistics is just embarrassing. You do realize that the NFL only has 32 teams, but that college football has approximately 120 schools in Division 1... another 120 schools or so in Division 2, etc... You're not comparing apples to apples. You're also making giant assumptions about the success of other leagues that you simply can't make. You even admit that the regular season in basketball isn't as near as popular as the postseason, so the danger of devaluing the college football regular season is clearly a possibility that many schools just can't afford.
At the most, the NFL can only play 16 games on a single day... but then you're forgetting the MNF and any other tweaks they might have going on.
I'm not even going to try and guess how many college football games are going on in a single day. Ya think the country's football fans' attention might be a little more divided during college football?
The Saints are also a perfect example. They are a REGIONAL team. They are pulling in fans from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, etc... LSU can't even unite all of the fans in Louisiana due to the loyalties of ULL, Tech, Tulane, Southern, Grambling, etc.
Also the NFL is the gold-standard PROFESSIONAL league. At best, college is the unofficial, beloved minor-league for the NFL. How many minor league games get the same kind of viewing as college football?
You have a point that many will agree with, but your supporting arguments are terrible and easily defeated.
Fact of the matter is that college football is an epic CASH COW for all the universities. It drives the bus for every sport to pay the bills. It's a huge marketing opportunity for each school to sell their product to today's youth, so they will continue to mortgage away their future for increasingly diminishing returns. State budget cuts are slashing university budgets, so they are increasingly relying on these cash cows to keep the lights on, literally at the school too.
You might believe that dramatic, rapid change makes smart business sense... but the rest of the world would disagree with you. College football is headed in the right direction. See the big picture, they are getting there.
Bottom line is that the passion of the regular season and the end of the year bowl game has SIGNIFICANT value as it is. Regardless of the reason, only about 30 to 40 Universities will ever really have a shot at the playoffs anyways. I'm talking lifetime here. For some schools, going to a bowl game is all they have to look forward to year-in and year-out. It's a way to end the year on a positive note. Another chance to market the school to future applicants. Another chance to wine and dine the big donors into paying more money for that new building while whisking them away on a vacation of non-stop school spirit brainwashing messages to milk them dry.
If you go to a 16 team playoff, how much do you think the other bowl games will mean if you even still have them? If you're not consistently getting into the playoff, then your school will take a massive marketing hit with future applicants/donors, etc. too.
I may not agree with every decision they are making, but I definitely do agree with the idea of taking this slow to see how the changes actually play-out first. I think 4 teams is the perfect NEXT step in the grand scheme of things, with the knowledge that things will continue to evolve in the future.