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Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series Hardcover – October 14, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Later Printing edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405701
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Passan write for Yahoo! Sports, the most read sports site on the Web. Wetzel has coauthored four books, including the New York Times bestseller Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph with Alonzo Mourning, and lives in Michigan. Peter is an award-winning investigative journalist who has earned national attention for his reporting on the Bowl Championship Series. In 2005, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a series on race and high school football in the South. He lives in Los Angeles. Passan has won multiple Associated Press sports editors awards and lives in Kansas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Read this book and you will never think the same way about the BCS again.
Ryan from Indy
This book simply destroys the big-wigs involved in the College Football Bowl game reasoning for the BCS.
gdm
Any college football fan should fully educate themselves by reading this book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By sixaz on October 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Awesome book! Well written and captivating! I've always known I didnt agree with the BCS, nor did I understand how it worked, nor did I believe that it was the best system for determining college football's champion. Unfortunately, I couldn't put together a persuasive argument that held much weight. After reading Death to the BCS, not only can I make a valid case, but I believe the time is very near that a playoff will be coming college football's way.

This book lays out all the reasons I couldnt fully explain before, and also provides me the reasons I didnt even know existed, as well as providing the evidence behind them. The detail that the authors delve into is so overwhelmingly precise, and in many ways, sickening, in that we, as the fan base, have been so misled by college football's elite leaders. The authors take us step by step into how we've been lied to over and over again by those college football decision makers. Those same decision makers exploit our desires as fans by tricking us into believing that they've created the best scenario for us. They also told us that the coaches, athletic directors, boosters, and players believe the BCS is the best way. They told us that college football cant afford the financial downfall of a playoff. They told us everything we thought was necessary to make a football playoff happen would be the beginning of the end for college football.

Read this book, and then make your own decision. If nothing else, you'll come away with a real understanding of the bowl system, and how it effects every team, and you'll be armed with the knowledge that those football decision makers dont want you to know. You'll be able to punch holes in their rationale, and offer critical evaluation of the current system.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2010
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In almost every sport outside of gymnastics and figure skating, players and teams compete on the field. The winner is judged the best. And the sport continues to the next game or contest. Ultimately the top teams play each other and the winner is the champion. But college football is more like gymnastics and less like any other team sport. At the highest level, teams compete for recognition from mostly anonymous judges and various computers (with mostly hidden programs). The "winners" are then invited to immensely profitable bowl games with two dubbed the best in the country, while everyone else tends to lose money. It is a strange system, largely anti-competitive, and it promotes tremendous disagreement every year among fans. This book lays out precisely what is wrong with the BCS, and how it can be changed.

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is not an NCAA sanctioned championship. It is in fact a collusion created by the most powerful conferences in college football to monopolize the revenue generated by giant bowl games. The premise of the BCS is that polls and computers decide which teams are the top teams in the nation and the championship game is played among the two selected. Other top teams are admitted to other high paying bowl games. But there is more to this process than meets the eye. Nearly all college football teams are affiliated with one of eleven conferences. Six of these eleven "automatically" qualify for a bid into the big money games. The other five conferences do not. This is an obvious instance of collusion and suggests a violation of anti-trust laws. It is all the more odious because the money for all the schools involved comes largely from the government itself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Bigford on October 18, 2010
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As an avid football fan of both BCS & non BCS affiliation, I found this book to be both enlightening and shocking. It goes deep into the problems with the bowl system selection process. Yet, with those problems, the book is not all "doom and gloom". It offers a playoff scenario that gets the reader excited for the possibilities that college football could become. Death to the BCS gives every college football fan a voice, one that gives every fan with a playoff plan something to turn to and say, "this is how it should and could be if these power players change their minds, or get removed from their position."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Mazzolini on October 14, 2010
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I loved this book. Whether you're a fan of the BCS or a proponent of a playoff, Death to the BCS is a must read for all college football fans. It is even a great read for non-football fans as a story about power and corruption. Based on a stunning amount of research and statistics, the underbelly of the BCS and current bowl system is exposed and the case for a 16-team playoff is deftly laid out. Each chapter rolls into the next as the incredible evidence against the BCS as a fair system for determining a national champion mounts with each turn of the page. You will be shocked at the financial numbers uncovered by the authors that expose the BCS and bowl system as an archaic sham. Wetzel, Passan and Peter break the walls down and override the BCS with such a well-reasoned solution, it's a crime that it is not already in place. I can't imagine there's a better laid out argument against the BCS anywhere else. This is the new authority on a college football playoff system. Highly recommended.
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