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

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

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by Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, Jeff Passan
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592405701
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/14/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Passan write for Yahoo! Sports, the most read sports site on the Web. Wetzel has coauthored four books, including the New York Times bestseller Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph with Alonzo Mourning, and lives in Michigan. Peter is an award-winning investigative journalist who has earned national attention for his reporting on the Bowl Championship Series. In 2005, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a series on race and high school football in the South. He lives in Los Angeles. Passan has won multiple Associated Press sports editors awards and lives in Kansas.

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Death to the BCS 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
razorback_fan More than 1 year ago
as soon as i read the preface i thought to myself, " man this is going to be good" and believe you me, it was the best read i have read in a great reading while. i could not put it down especially when they started talking about the money these greedy guys make and who is all involved in the process of picking #1 and #2 teams. it makes perfect sense why the BCS does not want a playoff system. its the only book i could find that talks about the BCS as well. a must read for any CFB fan or my name isnt orville redenbacher....wait...its not......its razorback_fan
Tony72 More than 1 year ago
This book will throw a lot of big numbers, incomes, and expense accounts at you right away, and it's almost too overwhelming. But later in the book gets in to different situations in the past where a playoff system could have made a difference. Aside from all the dollar figures thrown at you during the first 4 chapters it's really nothing most people didn't already know. I will say if you are already not a fan of the BCS this book will only fuel your anger even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tells in detail why NCAA Division 1 football needs a playoff like every other college sport. Authors are blunt-spoken, but the facts they lay out show why they need to be.
JCCGA More than 1 year ago
Excellent view and supporting facts around the BCS and college football bowls
OrangeBowl More than 1 year ago
Really hated the way this book was written.Reminded me of political propaganda,every other paragraph seemed to start with the phrase "they want you to believe".Too radical,not a good way to rally support for a cause.
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Spencer Johnson More than 1 year ago
I was on the fence about the BCS, then I bought this book. It is such a true book and I think everyone who reads this will agree the BCS is a corrupt system that needs to be replaced with a playoff.
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