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Playoff Quotable

Mission creep:

"We've never seen a four-team playoff stay as a four team playoff. So if you are concerned, and we are, about an eight-team, 12-team or 16-team playoff and what it would do to college football, we don't believe that you allow the camel's nose under the tent with a four-team playoff."

[Big Ten Commissioner Jim] Delaney said ABC executives presented a "plus-one" plan to the Big Ten, SEC, Big East, Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences two years ago, and all six rejected it.

We will not be snookered by a "Plus One" 

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Yes, the most important thing in college football is that the Rose Bowl maintains it's traditional Pac 10 vs. Big 10 matchup. How could a sane person want anything different?
January 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarty
Ha. Ha. More great humor from the internet's funniest site.

Division I-A already has a playoff. When LSU pulverized Ohio State, the Tigers were named MNC. That's called a playoff.

I know. I know. Jim Delany says when the orange red ball rises in the sky, that is NOT a sunrise. That's the start of the day.

Jim Delany may think there is no playoff but there is a playoff. The question now is who will pick the participants and how many more teams from the current two will participate.

It's funny because the camel's nose is already under the tent. Please, stop. You are killing me.
January 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbevo
Their argument is flawed. If they want to keep it a certain size, then they do it. They are the ones in control. To make some sort of slippery slope argument here is ridiculous.
January 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermmortal03
Rose Bowl = glorified consolation game.
January 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCJH
"Their argument is flawed. If they want to keep it a certain size, then they do it. They are the ones in control. To make some sort of slippery slope argument here is ridiculous."


Because, as we all know, never in the history of organized sports has a governing body ever enlarged the size of an established playoff field.
January 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSenator Blutarsky
But those 1-AA and 1-AAA schools somehow to manage a playoff system. Guess they are a lot smarter than those PAC-10 and Big-10 boyys.
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike
A playoff creates a “play for no pay” scenario in which the lack of player compensation becomes not only an ethical concern, but a violation of antitrust laws.

The link below details a two year old case in which the NCAA settled an antitrust case last week for $10 million. The case was brought by three former athletes. After fighting the case for two years, the NCAA settled because it did not want a legal precedent set.


With the amount of money a playoff may generate, this case exhibits one of several reasons there will be no CFB playoff. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who is vilified by media idiots like Dan Wetzel and Olin Buchanan for his position against a playoff, testified before Congress that a playoff system would generate “hundreds of millions of dollars”. By choosing a playoff system without paying the players anything more than they already receive, the likelihood of more antitrust lawsuits by players is very high. Delany seems to understand this while every pro-playoff argument constructs straw man arguments against his position.

The push for a CFB playoff is actually a push for more entertainment and more labor without commensurate compensation. No matter how loudly fans complain, this is the heart of the matter. Everyone else is profiting. Why shouldn’t the players?

Playoff proponents, of course, are free to continue to argue the “logic” of allowing an organization (the NCAA) to increase the scope of its cartel practices with a playoff system in D1-A football, based on the faulty premise that the cartel has play-for-no-pay systems in all the other sports.

Let's stop beating around the bush and call them for what they are. These arguments are based in nothing more than the desire to watch more football.

Playoff proponents need to acknowledge reality. The reality is this: effective legal arguments based upon ethical principles such as rights and equity are being argued in the courts on behalf of the players and they are winning.

Given the amount of money that is being generated by the players and their lack of compensation, the courts will rule in their favor every time. That’s why the NCAA continues to settle out of court.

February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

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