10 Questions with John Swofford
4. Financial Reasons for BCS
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated criticized your testimony in the House hearings, writing, "Swofford couldn't decide whether the BCS exists for financial or competitive reasons."

How much should financial reasons be considered, if at all, when discussing the BCS?

Commissioner Swofford:  Financial reasons are a factor to a degree—probably more of a factor to some than to others.

In and of itself, a playoff of some type would generate more money than the current BCS.  But what would be the effect on the regular season?  What about the effect on the other bowls?  But the BCS is certainly healthy financially and has been from the beginning.

At the same time, we have been able to maintain the bowl system, while matching the top two teams, which prior to the BCS was often not possible because of the conferences’ bowl agreements.

So it’s a hybrid.  It’s a hybrid of competition, the marketplace, and the bowl system.

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