Now that the 2010 college football season has drawn to a close, and the BCS has selected their champion, it is time to look to the future and a better system of selecting a national champion of college football. I think most of us who follow football have a view of how to provide the opportunity for all eligible teams to compete for a more true championship than what the BCS system has been able to offer. Those that drive their system have strongly suggested that they are not willing to make any changes in how they conduct business.
The BCS has for several years held a tight grasp of the post season of CFUD 1 ( College Football Upper Division 1 ), FBS by their terminology, and most of us have accepted it for what it is. Still, this system does not however deliver a true national champion as it continues to limit accessibility to those teams and conferences that are not part of their cartel. The BCS has the opportunity to adjust how it selects participants in their post season, to further the process to satisfy their customer base. There are various methods of reaching a more equitable selection process and crowning a champion that has proven it’s self where it matters most, on the field. They will not. Why should they?
We as fans are held hostage to this system simply because there has been no option. The BCS is the only entity willing, and perhaps able to offer a post season selection process for determining college football’s highest division’s champion. The BCS is a business entity and they are entitled to opperate their business as they see fit, within the limits of the law. Until another option, another choice becomes available, we should expect little or no change.
So, our challenge as fans is clear, our desires as customers of this product called college football is what will drive what may happen in the next few years. We as consumers can demand a better product. We can ask of the current provider to produce a better product. We can look to new ventures to provide something of a better system. It becomes a question of money, and good old fashioned capitalism. There is room for competition in this sector of entertainment, and a whole bunch of money to be made. Let’s make it happen, we the fans, the customers of college football.
Demand a better product. Ask the BCS to become more encompassing in it’s selection process. If the BCS is not willing to provide what we want, then we must look elsewhere. We must create the demand for another provider to produce the selection process that will give us a true champion of CFUD 1. It is simple, the basic rule of supply and demand. If we as fans demand this product, someone will provide it. It is about money.