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Josh Vernier: Playoff is Not for Fans

Like many of you, I am excited about the possibility of a four-team college football playoff. Although, my anticipation of seeing a true champion crowned is short-lived. I can't help but think about the BCS commissioners presenting their proposal to the presidential oversight committee with the most significant people in the sport nowhere to be found.  

The television contract for the playoff is expected to net five billion dollars. The coaches, presidents, athletic directors, sponsors and CEOs will line their pockets with millions, while the athletes should be "thankful" for a free education. An education, mind you, that takes a back seat to practice, games, workouts and film study. It's a free education that bars you from getting a part-time job, eliminates the possibility of benefiting from your stardom and limits who you are allowed to speak with.

They are the most vital part of the sport, and yet if they prosper from taking the sport into these uncharted waters, they are labeled selfish, diva, not a team player. Free tattoos? Terrell Pryor is the bad guy. You sold your jersey? A.J. Green is a punk. You went to dinner with Deion Sanders? Dez Bryant shouldn't be able to play. The narrative sold by coaches and presidents is unfair. In all three cases the coaches knew what was going, but because of the players talent decided not to sound the alarm. Not until the player is caught outside of the football facility is he treated like a rouge case.

While celebrating this week about college football joining EVERY OTHER SPORT with a legitimate playoff, let's remember this isn't for the fans. This isn't for the players. It's been agreed upon because the rich found a way to get richer and keep their rich friends very, very happy.
 


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06/26/2012 5:04PM
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