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Comebacks. Upsets. Parity: Men’s NCAA Tournament has everything College Football Play
https://theathletic.com/2469420/2021/03/...f-does-not

Quote:Let’s get this out of the way: I love college football. The passion and pageantry of the sport are unrivaled...I love it as much as anyone. But college football’s ruling elite has essentially been allowed to run the sport like a cartel. And their years of systematic oppression have effectively destroyed the competitive balance of the sport for the sake of greed and power.

Everything in major college football — excessive scholarship limits, conference affiliations, the championship selection process — is designed to aid the rich and penalize the middle and lower classes. By stacking the deck in their favor, college football’s kingmakers have created a ceiling for the rest of the FBS, a self-perpetuating cycle by which the rich continue to get richer and the disparity between the haves and have-nots increases annually.

Quote:Here’s how it works: The conference commissioners and athletic directors create an exclusive country club in which they control membership and dictate the rules. This caste system rewards the elite and creates an uneven playing field. The blue bloods dominate, raking in the notoriety, resources and elite recruits who see no benefit in attending schools that can’t realistically compete for a championship.

Quote:The only solution is radical change.

Scholarship restrictions would force elite schools to be smarter and shrewder with their player procurement. Reducing the scholarships from 85 to, say, 75 would help to level the playing field. FCS schools manage to field teams with 63 scholarships, so it can be done. And to be fair, that’s not a task that should be taken lightly; I’m not looking to deny anyone an opportunity for higher education. But smarter people than me can make it work. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
03-23-2021 07:16 PM
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