Wow... when you read the garbage that guy spews, it just seems like he was trained by an old Soviet propaganda minister. It's like TASS or ISVESTIA.... I have to agree that the MWC can't expect the other BCS conferences to feel ANY motive to change the format (which MWC, WAC, MAC, C-USA and Sun-Belt have all signed off on) prior to expiration of the current format / TV contract. So let's not even discuss making changes until that expires.
But Mr. Perlman is just stone-walling with the same tired old arguments, with regard to future changes.
Those poor students ! We're so worried about the academic impact on them.... OH by the way, we enacted a permanent 12th game to the regular season schedule a few years ago (and what about its academic impact ?). Not to mention the conference championship games in the SEC, Big XII, ACC, C-USA, MAC...
What about all the poor bowl games ! Especially the really crummy ones - featuring the #7 SEC team vs. the #6 ACC team (why would they be affected ? - they are meaningless now, they could continue to exist and be meaningless in the future !)
And WHY exactly would any playoff be forced to be sited on a campus, rather than a neutral field like.... hmmm.... a bowl game site ? He wants you to believe that nobody would make the trip. Let's think about the NCAA basketball tournament. The NCAA sells the tickets by a lottery on the open market almost a year in advance. People snap them up in a hurry... having no idea who will be playing at a given site. I would say less than half are reserved for the participating schools. Yet the NCAA men's tourney sells out.
And if the BCS were abolished WHY exactly would the alternative be the previous pre-determined bowl pairings, rather than a playoff ? Something smells.... could it be the college presidents are in a massive kick-back arangement in terms of perks or something, to continue to support a financially inferior arrangement ? Even a fool can see, that a playoff will generate FAR more money all around than the BCS "system". The TV networks have offered much more money to allow them to help implement a playoff system. So to counteract this additional money, the college presidents are somehow in cahoots with the bowls to preserve the BCS at all costs, no matter how illogical the framework, or how much money is "being left on the table".
If Mr. Perlman is any indication, this Presidentlial Oversight Committee lacks the public realtions skills to stand up to any type of scrutiny about the logic of it's arguments. Senator Hatch should ask Mr. Perlman to testify and actually ask a few well-informed follow-up questions to expose this facade that the BCS keeps putting in front of us.