Shocking, we know.
According to Bill Hancock and the mighty BCS, the conferences that don’t get automatic bids will receive a record take from the BCS bowl games for the second year in a row. He said the numbers demonstrate the “strength and fairness of the current system. The fact is that all of Division I football is better off because of the BCS, financially and otherwise.”
Yada, yada, yada.
That said, published reports show that the non-BCS conferences received $24.7 million while BCS’s six automatic conferences received a record $145.3 million.
You do the math.
Ok, we’ll do the math for you. Six BCS conferences divvy up $145.3 million. The Big Ten, Southeastern and Pac-10, which each had two teams in BCS bowls, will receive about $27.2 million each, while the ACC, Big East and Big 12 will each receive roughly $21.2 million.
The five non-BCS conferences split up $24.7 (a new WORLD record!), and that’s $8.2 million each.
That’s fair, right?
Well…Bill Hancock says it is!
The distribution of money has been a main point of contention for congressional critics of the BCS, who argue that it shows the system is unfair. In the last congressional session, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, pushed legislation aimed at forcing the BCS to switch to a playoff system rather than the ratings system it uses to set the games that determine the college championship.
Barton did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
He must be writing his State of the Football Union speech.
Or as the aspiring fashion designer and mangler of the King’s English Calvin Tran once said, “Oh, here go hell come.”