Am I the only one that is tired of hearing all of this? This is the system that we have, LIVE WITH IT. Every year when the BCS Bowls are announced there is relentless complaining and “yapping”, but until the system is changed there is no point in complaining, it will be the same year after year. The BCS Bowl system isn’t much different from our government structure: CAPITALISM. I can sum up one main point of capitalism in one word: MONEY. Money means ALL in our current society, so why do people not expect that to be extended to our Bowl System? I’m not saying that the system is right, but people expect large bowls to not even consider money? The BCS Bowls are one of the highest grossing sporting events in the U.S. year after year. So where does Hollis’ issue of dirty hands come into this problem? Well it happens when the teams are selected. If you don’t know about the selection process, here is an explanation. Once automatic qualifying teams are into the bowls, the controversy and dirty hands problem arises during the at-large selection process. Bowl-eligible teams SELECTED by the bowls themselves fill the remaining spots in the BCS bowls. The bowls have the freedom to choose ANY team they want in the top 14 of the BCS standings. This year possible at-large spots came down to Boise State (7) Kansas State (8) Virginia Tech (11) Baylor (12) and Michigan (13). The Sugar Bowl had a rare occasion where they were allowed to take two at-large teams. As many of you know the Sugar Bowl first selected Michigan and then Virginia Tech. This has been the source of much controversy as higher ranked teams Boise State and Kansas State were “unfairly” passed up, even though they had better seasons that the two selected teams. If we look at this closer we are presented with a problem of dirty hands stemmed from United States Capitalism.
When a team gets a automatic bid to a BCS game, that teams conference is paid 22 million dollars in net revenue, and when a second team from the same conference gets in, an additional 6 million dollars is paid to that conference. So the BCS is paying 28 million dollars for these teams to play in their bowl games! Now considering the money they are spending, wouldn’t it be wisest for the BCS to select the team(s) that would bring along the most revenue so they can make a profit, and also profit the cities businesses where the bowls take place? The total economic impact of the BCS games on the hosting cities is estimated by the BCS at over 1.2 billion dollars! In the Sugar Bowls case, this 1.2 billion dollars is much needed to help repair the city of New Orleans, so they are benefiting the whole city by bringing in more big name teams. So why was Boise State and Kansas State passed up in favor of Michigan and Virginia Tech? Well, to put it plainly Michigan and Virginia Tech are very highly followed football teams, and according to a statistics study, Michigan has the 2nd largest fan base in college football, and Va-Tech has the 13th, whereas Boise State and Kansas State sit at 57th and 60th respectively. Now when you can make an unfair decision to take the 2nd and 13th biggest followed teams compared to 57th and 60th, why would you not? The decision that the Sugar Bowl made to choose Michigan and Virginia Tech could be considered as dirty, but think of the enormous positive benefit it is going to have on the economy. New Orleans is going to receive over a BILLION dollars. Ticket sales for the game are going to be through the roof. In the first 24 hours of sale, 13,000 of the allotted 17,000 tickets to U of M were already sold. This is going to result in plane ticket purchases, gas purchases, food purchases and much more. The BCS is not the only benefactor of choosing two storied programs over smaller schools that may have had a better season. The city of New Orleans and overall economy will be receiving a larger impact by Michigan and Virginia Tech being chosen as well. So according to Hollis, the Sugar Bowl participated in a Dirty Hands decision. They made a decision that was unfair to some, and passed up more deserving teams, but overall the benefit of this decision will outweigh the consequences, thus being a prime example of the Dirty Hands theory.GO BLUE