For years I've listened to people rant about how greed was blocking a playoff system in college football without ever knowing the truth about the power brokers involved. I believed that a playoff was not needed and that the bowls were divvying up their bounty equally among the participating schools. That is, until now. Thanks to SI, I am solidly in the playoff camp.
Ken DeKock, Marion, Iowa
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If SI's phantom playoff scheme (Does It Matter?, Nov. 15) ever became a reality in college football, the sport's unique regular season would be greatly diminished, similar to the way it has been in college basketball. The multiday bowl exuberance that has become a part of the college football landscape would not survive, because each playoff game would be a one-day, in-and-out business trip for the student-athletes. There would be no "bowl week" experiences for the participating teams, and many existing bowls would go out of business because all eyes would be solely on the playoff games. While it's obvious everyone loves college football and wants to get as much out of the season as possible, the price of a playoff significantly outweighs any negligible benefits.
BCS Executive Director
Prairie Village, Kans.
College football teams should be separated from the schools they are supposed to represent and instead be grouped in what they really are: NFL minor leagues. The teams that actually make a profit can stand on their own merit and pay their players accordingly. The teams that drain their schools' endowments can disappear.
Maxwell Kean, Mickleton, N.J.
Note to Division I college presidents: Revenues from a football playoff would be so huge that they would make the NCAA men's basketball-tournament proceeds look like the Friday-night bingo take in a church basement.