Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series

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Penguin, Oct 14, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 208 pages
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A team of award-winning sports reporters takes down the Great Satan of college sports: the Bowl Championship Series.

Every college sport picks its champion by a postseason tournament, except for one: Division I-A football. Instead of a tournament, fans are subjected to the Bowl Championship Series, an arcane mix of polling and mathematical rankings that results in just two teams playing for the championship. It is, without a doubt, the most hated institution in all of sports. A recent Sports Illustrated poll found that more than 90 percent of sports fans oppose the BCS, yet this system has remained in place for more than a decade. Built upon top-notch investigative reporting, Death to the BCS at last reveals the truth about this monstrous entity and offers a simple solution for fixing it.

Death to the BCS includes findings from interviews with power players, as well as research into federal tax records, Congressional testimony, and private contracts, revealing:

?The truth behind the "Cartel"-the anonymous suits who run the BCS and who profit handsomely by protecting it

?The flawed math and corruption that determine which teams participate in the national championship

?How the system hurts competition by perpetuating "cupcake" schedules

?How "mid-major" teams are systematically denied a chance to play for the championship

?How a comprehensive sixteen-team playoff plan can solve the problem while enhancing profitability

The first book to lay out the unseemly inner workings of the BCS in full detail, Death to the BCS is a rousing manifesto for bringing fairness back to one of our most beloved sports.

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Awesome read
I love how in depth this book goes into showing how bad the BCS and bowl system in general have gotten. The new playoff is just a first step in righting the ship.

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Dan Wetzel is a national sports columnist for Yahoo! Sports. The award-winning sportswriter, author, and screenwriter has covered all levels of basketball, as well as college football, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NHL. He was previously national college basketball columnist for CBS Sports online and has won numerous national writing awards. He has also been featured in several editions of" The Best American Sports Writing" and is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed investigative book "Sole Influence". Wetzel graduated with a political science degree from the University of Massachusetts.

JOSH PETER is an award-winning journalist whose in-depth features have appeared in the Sporting News. His numerous writing honors include several prestigious awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Louisiana Press Association. His work appeared in the book Best Newspaper Writing 2005. He currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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