The BCS exists for… charity?

Yes you read the title correctly, and this story is priceless. We all know the evils of the BCS and the people trying to stop a college football playoff from happening, but let me tell you about something you may not know about. Congress has been investigating the BCS recently. There have been hearings, testimonies and all that, but one in particular stands out above them all.

Derrick Fox is the executive director of the Alamo Bowl. In case you didn’t know, it is one of the bigger of the lesser bowls. Average attendance is around 55,000 people and it features pretty decent teams from the Big 12 and Big Ten. Fox is a guy who has a pretty solid understanding of the bowl system since he runs a pretty big one. That’s what makes this so funny.

I will just pull some direct quotes here, and I’m not even joking. This is what Fox said in his testimony: “Almost all the postseason bowl games are put on by charitable groups” and “local charities receive tens of millions of dollars every year.”

Really?! Seriously?! I mean, c’mon, Congress isn’t exactly full of the brightest people in the world, but anyone can see through that lie. Rivals found that “10 bowl games are privately owned and one is run by a branch of a local government. The remaining 23 games enjoy tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, but combined to give just $3.2 million to local charities on $186.3 million in revenue according to their most recent federal tax records and interviews with individual bowl executives.”

Oh boy, really sounds like the bowl season is a huge charitable event, doesn’t it? Well, it’s the crutch of the BCS defense. Swofford, the chairman of the BCS currently, and Fox cited their two major reasons why the bowls must be untouched:

1. Bowl games and sponsors give “tens of millions” in donations to local charities
2. Bowls provide important economic impact on host cities.

If the first response isn’t total BS then I don’t know what is. You can read the entire story here. The story pretty much says it all about that comment.

The second reason about economic impact is a little different. This is true- host cities do make money from bowl games. Now put into practice my playoff proposal. All the bowls are still played and the tradition is completely in tact. Attendance is down a little bit because of the playoff. Now, top seeded teams in the playoff get home games throughout the playoff. Think of the economic impact of one bowl game…now think of the economic impact of three playoff games!

The BCS is so full of crap. Everyone has to know it’s days are numbered. They always claim that no one can come up with a better way which is more crap since I have. I can’t wait for a college football playoff. I can’t wait.