Having a tv broadcaster who tries to destroy your league and has TOO MUCH control of the process seems to be remedied by courts and having a real broadcaster like fox or nbc backing up your league in terms of the national football playoff.
I think I have a bigger problem with CBS than I have with ESPN, and both of them already have deep stakes in major college athletics. I think CBS has ruined the basketball tournament the way they shift coverage, killing the game's momentum and creating an artificial barrier against certain styles of play (seriously, who uses the run-and-gun anymore?). And frankly, I can't stand watching SEC football...I think CBS is a part of that for how loose the games feel.
ESPN just spoils the experience with politics and bad press...I'll take that over a network that actually affects the game.
All that is to say...do you really think Fox and NBC will be that different? NBC maybe, but not Fox. Broadcasters have a financial stake in this thing, must they be so passive?
I will say, though...I saw a Big XII game over the weekend...FINALLY!!! And, naturally, it was West Virginia...the closest "local" school in the conference.
Its the exposure the CCG provides that gives teams a bigger advantage in the polls more than the 13th game does or else everyone would be begging Hawaii to let them come to the islands for a game. That's the reason the Big Ten always seemed to lose out but the PAC10 didn't a its the reason that the Big 12 scheduled games on CCG Saturday so they can avoid that drop off.
Really? You think two bowl-eligible teams fighting for an actual league championship is the same as going to Hawaii?
The issue isn't having a CCG. Or scheduling fluff OOC games. It's -both-
(ala KSU this year and OSU last year). Stick to your guns about risk...I'll stick to mine about SOS, and no matter how little you think of the PAC-12's CCG, it will still pit two bowl eligible teams. As long as there is a computer component that helps determine the best programs, I'm not so confident in the Big XII's chances the remaining BCS years or in the playoffs if it isn't Texas and Oklahoma (and even then, it's a media perception/nostalgia thing for the program
rather than a respect of the entire conference
). And what the computers can't do, I suspect the PAC, B1G, SEC, and, yes, ACC will in the selection committees when they make it known that their schedule is naturally more challenging because of game #13, should the cupcake non-conference issue remain equal in all conferences.