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Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series Hardcover – October 13, 2011

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"The most thoroughly researched, reasoned and readable argument to date for college football reform." — Time

"The plan put forward by Wetzel, Peter and Passan is certainly the strongest BCS-alternative to date. It is imperative that other sports journalists, college administrators and football fans read Death to the BCS." — Brian Frederick, The Huffington Post

"Alternately brilliant and scary. You will put the book down sweaty, angry and wishing you could do something to change the system." — Nando DiFino, The Wall Street Journal

"The book accurately and diligently points out what people have known for years: The BCS is fundamentally flawed, at times a joke, and very controversial." — Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times

About the Author

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, Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist who has earned national attention for his reporting on the Bowl Championship Series. He lives in Los Angeles. Passan has won multiple Associated Press sports editors' awards and lives in Kansas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Rev Upd edition (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By F. Fievet on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had been planning to pick up Death to the BCS for a long time, but held out when I saw an expanded edition was coming. The wait was well worth it.

Death to the BCS is required reading for all college football fans. The dark and ugly underbelly of college football, that we all talk about, is presented within with staggering in-your-face facts. Hypocrisy is rampant everywhere and the bannermen of the campaign, named as the Cartel, are lambasted with considerable force. Junker's reign at the Fiesta Bowl is especially enlightening, and in the end disheartening, as it more than likely the norm rather than the exception.

The solution is also spelled out in simplistic detail. A 16 team playoff with all 11 conference champions invited and 5 at larges. The first 3 rounds held at the higher seed's home field and the final game played at a neutral site, all while keeping the current bowls for the other teams. As a football fan, I found myself excited about the possibilities Death to the BCS spelled out with a playoff.

One of the more striking portions of the book came at the end in the form of the following quote. "The BCS is un-American
It steps on the upstart. It discriminates. It dictates who plays, and if any opposition arises, the in charge dismiss it. College football is not the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is the land of Beef 'O' Brady's and the home of BBVA Compass." After reading this book I could not agree more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Otto Rieke on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Don't confuse this updated book version with last year's book of same title. The authors continue to uncover the evolving scandal that is being perpetrated by the NCAA (Yes I said it), and the current BCS bowl 'fat cats', who are robbing sports fans of what could be a spectacular season ending playoff. "March Madness" is great but nothing compared to what could become "December Delirium". Just yesterday a U.S. Congressman (Bobby Rush, Chicago) compared the BCS bowl scandal to Al Capone and the Mafia. Oh, and by the way President Obama, this issue is right in your wheelhouse: you need to dethrone undeserving 'fat cats', and to create jobs. You have spoken out favorably to the author's point of view on this issue. A BCS playoff could revive a positive American competitive spirit, and remain a legacy of your administration. President Obama, read this book, and get on board.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Forster on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My only complaint is the authors' loathing for the Sun Belt Conference. Their scathing comments about this conference added absolutely nothing to this book!

I was appalled at the greed and corruption exposed by this book, within the BCS in general and within the Fiesta Bowl in particular. Imagine Fiesta Bowl employees making contributions to former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker's favorite politicians and then being reimbursed with "bonuses", paid for by the Fiesta Bowl. Imagine John Junkers turning his $700,00, plus AMEX card bill over to the Fiesta Bowl for 100% reimbursement and then being trusted to reimburse the Fiesta Bowl for personal expenses!

As I write this review, the BCS is considering a modest playoff system, involving a minimum of teams. The authors make a convincing case for a 16-team playoff and we should not settle for anything less.

Even those readers with only a casual interest in college football should read this book. It's important to understand how schools have been denied a fair share of revenue and how players have been denied opportunities to play for a national championship.

The book is best summarized by the comment of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch: "I believe there is value to ensuring fairness whenever we can. And while life may not be fair, the moment we stop caring that it isn't, we chip away at the American Dream".
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Format: Hardcover
Book should be called Death To The Pre 2004 BCS or Death To All Polls.

I've read the book and understand all the arguments and so on. However, this book is really about pre 2004. Reasoning is because if everybody looks at the BCS, AP, USA Today, and Harris Poll after all the final rankings after 2004, THEY ARE ALL THE SAME!

I think people were just looking for a scapegoat and the BCS was an easy target given they didn't 100% know the system and how it works, which is understandable. But most people in general just wanted a playoff system and used the BCS as unfair criticism in my opinion all the other polls had the exact same top 2 teams in the National Championship Game.
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By Lady Tiger on February 20, 2014
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It's about time that the truth came to light. Well written. Well documented. How about a wonderful 16 team/8 game play off system in college football? We LOVE our college BB Spring Madness brackets. We can do the same for NCAAFB! Would be SO much fun. :)
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this book proved how wrong the BCS system was no matter what the broadcasters try to say it was a terrible system that hardly ever picked the two best teams. it worked every once in a great wail but 90% of the time it got the title game matchups wrong.
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By Douglas C. Owens on January 9, 2013
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We just had a BCS game that was a complete blowout. This book just proved why we need a playoff system for Division 1 football. Great read, bowl commissioners are making way to much money on our college boys.
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