Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series

Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series

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Overview

With all-new reporting, a completely revised and updated second edition of the bestseller that takes down the Great Satan of college sports: the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

Every college sport picks its champion by a postseason tournament, except for one: Divsiion I-A football. Instead of a tournament, fans are subjected to the Bowl Championship Series, an arcane mix of polling and mathematical rankings that results in just two teams playing for the championship. It is, without a doubt, the most hated institution in all of sports. A recent Sports Illustrated poll found that more than 90% of sports fans oppose the BCS, yet this system has remained in place for more than a decade.

Building upon top-notch investigative reporting, Wetzel, Peter, and Passan at last reveal the truth about this monstrous entity and offer a simple solution for fixing it. Death to the BCS: Totally Revised and Updated is brought up to date to cover the 2010-2011 season, listing which teams were screwed by the BCS (such as TCU), how much money college football left on the table by not having a playoff (based on 2011 tax filings), and how the calls for the abolition of the BCS grew even louder this past year. The book also includes findings from interviews with power players, as well as research into federal tax records, congressional testimony, and private contracts. The first book to lay out the unseemly inner workings of the BCS in full detail, Death to the BCS is a rousing manifesto for bringing fairness back to one of our most beloved sports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101545171
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 521 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Death to the BCS 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
razorback_fan More than 1 year ago
as soon as i read the preface i thought to myself, " man this is going to be good" and believe you me, it was the best read i have read in a great reading while. i could not put it down especially when they started talking about the money these greedy guys make and who is all involved in the process of picking #1 and #2 teams. it makes perfect sense why the BCS does not want a playoff system. its the only book i could find that talks about the BCS as well. a must read for any CFB fan or my name isnt orville redenbacher....wait...its not......its razorback_fan
Tony72 More than 1 year ago
This book will throw a lot of big numbers, incomes, and expense accounts at you right away, and it's almost too overwhelming. But later in the book gets in to different situations in the past where a playoff system could have made a difference. Aside from all the dollar figures thrown at you during the first 4 chapters it's really nothing most people didn't already know. I will say if you are already not a fan of the BCS this book will only fuel your anger even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tells in detail why NCAA Division 1 football needs a playoff like every other college sport. Authors are blunt-spoken, but the facts they lay out show why they need to be.
JCCGA More than 1 year ago
Excellent view and supporting facts around the BCS and college football bowls
OrangeBowl More than 1 year ago
Really hated the way this book was written.Reminded me of political propaganda,every other paragraph seemed to start with the phrase "they want you to believe".Too radical,not a good way to rally support for a cause.
06nwingert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dan Wetzel is a journalist for Yahoo! Sports who mainly covers college football. In Death to the BCS, he lays out the case against the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the argument for a college football playoff. He notes, in extreme detail, that the BCS violates the Sherman Anti-Trust Act with the myriad money that travels through the system. College football (specifically D-I) is the only sport in the world that doesn't have a playoff system. Wetzel interviews the people who matter regarding the BCS: athletic directors, the BCS coordinators and the sponsors of the bowls. Finally, Wetzel makes the case for a playoff using the following sentiments: it cannot interfere with academic integrity, it cannot violate any laws (like the BCS), it's what fans want and it cannot be based on monetary value.
foof2you on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Death To The BCS" should be a must read for ANYONE interested in college football. Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Pagan give a compelling argument why college football should have a 16 team playoff.This book should be the blueprint for a playoff system. Why is college football the only sport without a playoff. No more split championship, no more undefeated team left on the outside looking in.The regular season would mean more and conference championships would matter. Funny thing is they don't want to see the bowls gone and they explain how you can have both. Teams would not lose money to go to a bowl game. Please read this book and give it to another college football fan to read. We need to change the status quo!
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title alone was enough to convince me. Beyond that, the authors do a thorough job of explaining the inequality of the current BCS system and the reasons why a 16-team playoff would benefit everyone - but especially truth, justice, and the American Way.
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Spencer Johnson More than 1 year ago
I was on the fence about the BCS, then I bought this book. It is such a true book and I think everyone who reads this will agree the BCS is a corrupt system that needs to be replaced with a playoff.
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