BcS to senators: Mind your own business
Roughly two and a half months ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, sent a letter to BcS executive director Bill Hancock seeking clarification as to, among other things, how the
cartel organization distributes revenue derived from their non-playoff system of determining a national champion.
Thursday, Hancock and the BcS responded to the March letter, and let’s just say that their response likely won’t have Hatch/Baucus calling for the Justice Department dogs to be called off anytime in the near future.
In the first paragraph of Hancock’s letter, the director, basically, tells the senators that they should mind their own business when it comes to college football. And, if they really wanted the information sought in the initial letter, all they had to do was Google “Bowl” “Championship” “Series” “official” “website”.
(You can almost smell the smarm seeping through your screen at this very moment, can’t you?)
Hancock then went on to address the senators’ main point of contention, the distribution of revenues derived from the BcS.
On more than one occasion, Hancock noted that the non-automatic qualifying conferences -- Mountain West, WAC, MAC, Sun Belt and Conference USA -- had decided to pool all of the money so graciously given to them by the benevolent BcS and divide it amongst the five non-AQs.
If it qualifies automatically for a BCS game, a team from a conference without annual automatic-qualifying status will bring approximately $24.7 million (18% of net revenue) to its conference next season. A team from an automatic-qualifying conference will bring approximately $21.2 million net to its conference. The funds are distributed to the conferences, which then allocate their shares of the revenue according to their own revenue-sharing agreements.
Of course, that $24.7 million is divided amongst five leagues and nearly sixty schools, while each automatic qualifying conference receives $17.7 million -- $22.2 million if two schools receive BcS bids -- to split up amongst anywhere from eight to 12 schools, which I believe is the point of contention for Hatch and his supporters. And I don’t believe the Utah senator will care that it was the five non-AQ conferences that decided to divvy up the BcS money this way; his point is the inequity in how the funds are initially disbursed.
Hancock also decided to use Hatch’s own Utes as a way to drive home the BcS’ message, that it’s the five non-AQs that are screwing themselves, not the BcS. And that, without the the utter grace the BcS bestowed upon their lowly institution, Utah would’ve been playing in a lower tier -- re: lower-paying -- bowl game during their undefeated run in 2008.
The letter went on to say blah blah blahblah blah blah...
If you so desire, you can read the letter in its entirety right HERE. As for myself, I feel the need to kneel before some porcelain. Pardon me...