This will be interesting to watch develop. If anyone can pull it off, its Cuban.
There was an interesting article in SI a few weeks back about bowls and money and the money that colleges and universities are leaving on the table by not having a playoff. It was pretty sickening, actually.
A lot hurdles to cross but it is worth following. If he can pull it off, most likely the NCAA will step in and finally do what they should have all along. Which would be fine for us fans but it'd be a bummer if after doing all this work and Cuban shows them how to do it, if he doesn't get to reap in the rewards
i think mark cuban should start a professional minor league football league instead of worrying about what college football is doing. The pro league would have a built in advantage over basketball and baseball because football players have to wait 3 years before they can enter the nfl draft anyhow. 10-20 teams with paid NFL prospects, you would probably need an upstart television network because the status quo would want to protect their interests in college football.
He's a businessman and a fan also. He has every right to do it and if he wants to, he should. Good on him, actually.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
His playoff plan would be worth truckloads of money. Your minor league football idea would be akin to burning money.
I would much rather have someone like Cuban in charge than a bunch of academics who have never had to run a business or turn a profit.
Cuban is incredibly savvy... would be great if he could get some momentum going for a playoff.
You guys really ought to read that SI article I quoted above. And google "sports illustrated the bowl system bcs" and the reactions to it.
Colleges are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table and mostly losing money on bowls while they are also in financial trouble. And fat cat bowl dudes roll in the money. Its sickening.
Last edited by Roy Tucker; 12-17-2010 at 11:01 AM.
Probably because minor league/semi-pro football isn't as attractive as going to college. Even the collegians who don't get money under the table get free books, tuition, room and board. If they are playing minor league/semi-pro ball, they usually have to have to hold down another job to make ends meet. They have to pay for room and board not to mention other expenses you and I have to pay. Most of these games are played before sparse crowds in high school stadiums. If they don't perform, they get fired whereas in college they just get demoted to special teams. Just becayse you are getting paid doesn't mean you are on Easy Street.
Football is a very expensive sport to fund. Just ask NCAA schools. Plus Cuban would need a lot of players to field a league of teams. I don't think that would work