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ESPN pundits hammer BCS; CBS pundit hammers TV
One of the concerns expressed by people with jobs like mine in the wake of ESPN's new contract with the BCS was whether ESPN voices still would be comfortable criticizing the current, non-playoff college football system.
So far, it appears that will not be an issue.
On SportsCenter Saturday night, "College GameDay" host Chris Fowler looked as if he had eaten spoiled cottage cheese as the discussion turned to this season's BCS confusion.
Finally, he said flatly, "We need a playoff."
On "The Sports Reporters" Sunday, Mike Lupica called the people who came up with the existing plan "fools." Mitch Albom called the system "insanity" and a "mess."
The most passionate, interesting take came from CBS' Tim Brando, who blamed the entire TV industry for helping maintain the status quo.
Click below for that. Yikes!Tim Brando, as transcribed by CBS:
A few thoughts on the BCS. Whether or not we agree on the legitimacy of college football's national championship process, no longer can we simply point the finger at the University Presidents and the six Conference Commissioners who broker deals as the only culprits in this unique cartel known as the Bowl Championship Series.
Earlier this week a new four-year contract worth over half a billion dollars was consummated moving the property from Fox to ESPN. One has to wonder despite a 40% increase in rights fees, if during the negotiation, any pressure was brought upon the BCS to improve its product with, at worst, a plus-one model.
This was the moment that all college football fans looked to as a chance for improvements to be made to enhance the sport for the greater good. Despite the criticisms of the BCS, we were all given the liberty to make, as well as the solutions we were encouraged to propose, it seems that, in the end, the executives in our business are now just as responsible as the University Presidents and the Conference Commissioners for where we are, and where we'll stay in college football's postseason.
All of us in TV should look in the mirror and say we found an additional obstacle, and it is us.