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It's Fixed (Final)

It's Fixed (Final)

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Published by: Playoff PAC on May 13, 2011
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BCS Revenue Distribution is FixedIn a typical college football post-season, Notre Dame and the six automatic qualifying
(“AQ”) conferences— 
the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, SEC, and Pac-10
 — 
split between 91percent and 86 percent of BCS revenues. The
five “non
-
AQ” conferences receive between 7 and
12 percent. The small remainder goes to the Service Academies and to Football ChampionshipSubdivision teams.
1
 
We’ll repeat that: up to 91 percent of BCS revenue goes to just over half of the nation’s
major college football teams. To appreciate how lopsided that figure is, consider that the NCAABasketball Tournament yields only an average 61-percent share for AQ schools.
2
 After the 2009-2010 post-
season, the BCS touted a “record
-breaking distribution to non-
AQ conferences,” as two non
-AQ schools (Boise State and TCU) received BCS bowl berths inthe same post-
season for the first time. But even in such a “record
-
 breaking” year, the inequity
was apparent.Each conference in the chart below placed one team in a BCS bowl game. Eachaccomplished an identical feat on the field. But as you can see, non-AQ conferences faredsignificantly worse than their AQ counterparts. The Western Athletic Conference, a group of non-AQ schools including Boise State, received $7.8 million. Teams in the non-AQ Mountain
West Conference split $9.8 million because of TCU’s appearan
ce in the Fiesta Bowl. That is apaltry payday compared to identically situated AQ conferences, which each received $17.7million.
BCS Revenue Distribution
"AQ" Conferences (6)Non-AQ" Conferences
(5)
Other
 
 
The cumulative effect of this skewed revenue distribution system is staggering. Over the past 6seasons
 — 
a time when non-AQ teams appeared in 5 BCS bowls
 — 
the BCS gave 6 AQconferences $521 million more than the other conferences.
3
 The BCS unsurprisingly claims ignorance of its discriminatory scheme, as stated by BCSPresidential Oversight Ch
air Harvey Perlman: “It’s hard for me to see how these conferences canclaim to be disadvantaged.”
4
Well, Chancellor Perlman, let us enlighten you. Non-
AQs aren’tcomplaining because of the $521 million funding gap’s size, though the disparity’s amount i
smeaningful. Rather, the $521 million funding gap is offensive because it has no basis.
Under the BCS, there’s little correlation between on
-the-field performance and financialreward. For example, in 2006, the BCS awarded the one-win Syracuse Orangemen
double
theamount it gave the
entire
WAC, a 9-team non-AQ conference.
5
In 2009, the
winless
WashingtonHuskies brought home more BCS dollars than the
undefeated 
Utah Utes, a non-AQ team.
6
Andnon-AQs are 3 and 1 in BCS bowls against AQ teams; however, each victorious team receivedonly a pittance compared to its defeated opponent.
7
 
If the BCS money scheme isn’t based on game performance, then why do AQs get $521million more? Chancellor Perlman argues that “revenue is distributed based on the contri
bution
made to the value of the product.”
8
 
Okay, that sounds reasonable. Except it’s not true.
 Just look at game attendance. Twice in the past three post-seasons, non-AQ contestsboasted the second-highest attendance of any BCS bowl exhibition game, trailing only the
outsized stadium capacity of the Rose Bowl. In fact, 2010’s Boise State
-TCU matchup outdrewprevious Fiesta Bowls featuring Texas, Ohio State, West Virginia, and Oklahoma. It was thehighest attendance for a Fiesta Bowl since the last time Boise State traveled to Arizona in 2007.And the Fiesta is no fluke. Non-AQs put people in seats for the Sugar Bowl too. Previous Sugar

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