View Full Version : The BCS system is so fouled...

Paul Pless
12-07-2009, 06:46 AM
That they've hired Ari Fleischer to spin its greatness. WTF?:rolleyes:

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
12-07-2009, 06:52 AM
British Computer Society?

12-07-2009, 08:32 AM
i have a bfh , it works wonders on all manners of machinery , both great and small

Ian McColgin
12-07-2009, 08:36 AM
I don't follow pro - oh, I mean college - ball either. From Politico:

The college football Bowl Championship Series has hired Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary to President George W. Bush, to help improve its image.

The BCS, which combines polls and computer data to select a national championship game, is widely unpopular with college football fans, who have grown frustrated by the number of uncompetitive title games and a rankings system that many say unfairly favors teams from the biggest conferences.

The BCS has faced recent political pressure from Playoff PAC, a federal political action committee that has organized an anti-BCS messaging and lobbying effort. The group was created by six college football fans with political expertise, including Matthew Sanderson, former campaign finance counsel to Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign.

“This hire says a lot about the state of college football. The BCS needs a hired mercenary to sell the system,” said Sanderson, who serves as a spokesman for Playoff PAC. “Even a respected professional like Mr. Fleischer will have a hard time selling an arbitrary system that a recent Sports Illustrated poll shows is not supported by 90 percent of college football fans.”

“Maybe Mr. Fleischer can bump up the BCS’s approval ratings, and Playoff PAC wishes him luck with that,” Sanderson added.

“Playoff advocates have had an easy ride where they have never been called on to explain exactly how they would create an alternative. There is tremendous division among playoff advocates,” said Fleischer. “While the BCS has its share of critics, once people see both sides of the issue, they will see why the system has its great support.”

The former White House press secretary’s firm specializes in training athletes and sports organizations to deal with the media. Fleischer’s clients have included Major League Baseball, the United States Olympic Committee and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock — who was promoted to the position last week — said in a statement that Fleischer’s hiring was designed to help highlight the positive aspects of the system, which Hancock identified as picking the best two teams to play for the championship while still preserving the postseason bowl system for which any team with at least six wins is eligible.

Phillip Allen
12-07-2009, 08:40 AM
its football folks!...circus...wake up

John of Phoenix
12-07-2009, 11:25 AM
A federal political action committee is involved in this? Why?

And it seems there are more than a few republicans involved. What happened to "less government is better"?