Screw Baseball, Mark Cuban Wants to Own College Football
College football's biggest division is popular, yet ultimately broken. The latest example - one that hits close to home - is TCU having a 12-0 record yet 0 chance of winning a national championship.
Every year the BCS attempts to pair the two best teams against each other in the title game, but there are always more than two best teams. This weekend kicks off the first of 35 bowl games, all but one of them absolutely meaningless. College football is the only sport on Earth where 34 teams end their season with a victory and a trophy without actually winning anything of significance.
You get it. I get it. So does Mark Cuban.
After two failed attempts to buy a Major League Baseball team, the Dallas Mavericks owner told reporters last night that he's ready to help fix college football. A 12- or 16-game playoff, fueled by his unique and aggressive fund-raising.
"It's an inefficient business where there's obviously a better way of doing it," Cuban said. "The only thing that's kept them from doing it is a lack of capital, which I can deal with. The one thing every college football fan wants you can probably create for less than it takes to buy a baseball team."
Cuban, who says his vision is in the exploratory phase, has apparently talked to two athletic directors from BCS conferences who are open to his idea. Don't get too excited, however, as he also thinks it would take at least three years before his plan could be designed, accepted and implemented.
"The more I think about it, the more sense it makes as opposed to buying a baseball team," he said. "You can do something the whole country wants done."
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