"Mark, you can't threaten to choke out the BCS. That's not cool."
The BCS must not be too happy with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers these days. That's because after failed attempts to purchase both MLB teams, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has turned his attention to creating a playoff alternative to college football's Bowl Championship Series. Seriously.
Cuban sees the move as a wise business decision - "It's an inefficient business where there's obviously a better way of doing it," Cuban said. Yeah, and having an extra billion or so lying around your unfurnished house to make things happen doesn't hurt either. So what's his plan? Well, here are the basics.
There would be either 12 or 16 teams in the playoffs. The higher seeded teams would get homefield advantage, keeping the importance on regular-season outcomes. Bowl games would still exist, but it is not clear where or how (or why). But how would he get anyone to join him in his quest to "do something the whole country wants done"? Did we mention that he's rich? Very rich?
"Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option," Cuban said. "Say, 'Look, I'm going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you're picked for the playoff system, you'll go.'" And that's just step one of Operation Cuban. Step two? That would be convincing boosters to put away their pens and hide their checkbooks until schools joined the movement.
Of course, Cuban is still in the "exploratory stage" at this point and anticipates about three or four years of planning ahead. In the meantime, though, we have a feeling that this won't be the last we hear of either Cuban or the BCS system for the foreseeable future. You can call it a hunch.